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IFI & SET COLLECTIVE: SUNSET BOULEVARD

Director: Billy Wilder

110 minutes, U.S.A., 1950, Black and White, D-Cinema


Screening to launch the fourth edition of their quarterly publication on the relationship between cinema and its architecture, the IFI is pleased to collaborate once again with the SET Collective to present Billy Wilder’s extraordinary Sunset Boulevard (1950).

An incisive comment on Hollywood has-beens and the industry in general, the film centres on struggling screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) who stumbles upon a ghostly mansion and inadvertently becomes embroiled with its owner, forgotten and deluded silent film star, Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson).

Deeply intelligent and full of humour, Sunset Boulevard is a powerful study on the uncanny relationship between the haunted house and the haunted mind.

 

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