Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

In Sunset Boulevard, Billy Wilder’s mordant 1950 film noir, an aging and half-crazed silent film star fantasizes about her triumphant comeback in the “talkies” as Princess Salome. Actress Gloria Swanson was herself 51, the same age as Sarah Bernhardt when she appeared—amid scandal—in the title role of Salome, the play that Oscar Wilde had written for her. (1950, Dir. Wilder, 110 min.)

In conjunction with the exhibition A Strange Magic: Gustave Moreau’s Salome.

Trailer for Sunset Boulevard


Location: Billy Wilder Theater
Ticketing: Tickets are required and available at the Box Office one hour before the program. General admission tickets are available one per person on a first come, first served basis following member ticketing. Early arrival is recommended.
HAMMER PLUS Benefit: Members receive priority ticketing (until 15 minutes before the program) by skipping the general admission line and can choose their seats, subject to availability.
Parking: Under the museum, $3 flat rate after 6 p.m. (cash only)

Food and drink may not be carried into the Billy Wilder Theater. Read our food, bag check, and photo policies.

All Hammer public programs are free and made possible by a major gift from the Dream Fund at UCLA.

Generous support is also provided by Susan Bay Nimoy and Leonard Nimoy, the Simms/Mann Family Foundation, The Brotman Foundation of California, Good Works Foundation and Laura Donnelley, and all Hammer members.