Part of our Film Noir Classics Series!
Hosted by Fred Fuchs
Film Noir is a style of filmmaking characterized by such elements as cynical heroes, stark lighting effects, frequent use of flashbacks, intricate plots, and underlying existentialist philosophy. Host Fred Fuchs will introduce each film and share the story behind the film’s creation.
A successful Hollywood film producer for years, Fred is the founder and Chair of the Board of the Westdale Cinema Group.
Watch the movie and stay for a Q&A with Hollywood producer Fred Fuchs
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Year of Release: 1950
Awards: Won three Oscars (Best Writing, Best Music, and Best Art Direction)
Country of Origin: USA
Gloria Swanson, as Norma Desmond, an aging silent-film queen, and William Holden, as the struggling young screenwriter who is held in thrall by her madness, created two of the screen’s most memorable characters in “Sunset Boulevard.” Winner of three Academy Awards®, director Billy Wilder’s powerful orchestration of the bizarre tale is a true cinematic classic. From the unforgettable opening sequence — a body found floating in a decayed mansion’s swimming pool — through the inevitable unfolding of tragic destiny, “Sunset Boulevard” is the definitive statement on the dark and desperate side of Hollywood. Erich von Stroheim as Desmond’s discoverer, ex-husband and butler, and Nancy Olson as the bright spot amidst unrelenting ominousness, are equally celebrated for their masterful performances.