Sunset Boulevard

  • Dir: Billy Wilder

  • USA, 1950, English, 110min, DCP

  • Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim

It is hard to imagine modern Hollywood satires like The Player without the precedence of Billy Wilder’s brilliant urtext. Told famously from the posthumous perspective of a down-and-out screenwriter (William Holden), Sunset Boulevard presents Tinseltown through the looking glass of a faded silent movie queen (Gloria Swanson) deluded about making her career comeback. Laced with cynical black humor, the film utilizes noir conventions for a darkly satirical view of the industry. The iconic presence of silent-era legends (Erich von Stroheim, Buster Keaton, Cecil B. DeMille…) adds to the wicked fun.

Academy Awards: Best Writing, Best Art Direction and Set Decoration and Best Music Score

9.2.2018 (SAT): Film talk with Kiki Fung

Screening:

Note

1. Unless otherwise stated, all films (except English-speaking films) are subtitled in English.

2. Screenings at HK Science Museum: There is no URBTIX Outlet at the venue. Tickets are available at URBTIX till one hour prior to respective screenings. Door ticket counter opens 30 minutes before the screening. Limited tickets to non-sold out screenings will be available at the door, subject to availability (Cash Only).

3. While it is the HKIFF’s policy to secure the best possible print of the original version for all its screenings, HKIFF will appreciate its patrons’ understanding on occasions when less than perfect screening copies are screened.