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
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