- Billy Wilder
- Gloria Swanson, William Holden, Erich von Stroheim
Close Up: Norma Desmond descends the staircase in her decrepit mansion off Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard. Pull Back: she is surrounded by reporters snapping photos, calling questions up to the aging starlet about her torrid love affair with a kept man: a screenwriter who’s been found dead in her swimming pool. Cue Swanson: “I’m ready for my close up, Mr. De Mille.” Cut. “The film is that rare blend of pungent writing, expert acting, masterly direction and unobtrusively artistic photography which quickly casts a spell over an audience and holds it enthralled to a shattering climax. Gloria Swanson was coaxed out of long retirement to portray the pathetic, forgotten film queen, Norma Desmond. As the wealthy, egotistical relic desperately yearning to hear again the plaudits of the crowd, Miss Swanson dominates the picture.” (NY Times)
Tickets purchased online will be held at the “will call” table for pickup the night of the show. Any tickets unclaimed by 9:15pm may be resold.