Thursday, July 16, 2009

Film Discussion @ Edison: Sunset Blvd.

The next film discussion group at the Edison Branch (18400 Joy Rd.) of the Detroit Public Library will be on Wednesday, July 29 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. We will watch and discuss the 1950 classic film Sunset Blvd. Directed by Billy Wilder, this film won three Academy Awards.

In Hollywood of the 50's, the obscure screenplay writer Joe Gillis is not able to sell his work to the studios, is full of debts and is thinking in returning to his hometown to work in an office. While trying to escape from his creditors, he has a flat tire and parks his car in a decadent mansion in Sunset Boulevard. He meets the owner and former silent-movie star Norma Desmond, who lives alone wit her butler and driver Max von Mayerling.

Norma is demented and believes she will return to the cinema industry, and is protected and isolated from the world by Max, who was his director and husband in the past and still loves her. Norma proposes Joe to move to the mansion and help her in writing a screenplay for her comeback to the cinema, and the small-time writer becomes her lover and gigolo. When Joe falls in love for the young aspirant writer Betty Schaefer, Norma becomes jealous and completely insane and her madness leads to a tragic end.


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