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Director: Billy Wilder

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

“We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”

The Rio Theatre‘s series of Summer Classics continues on Tuesday, August 8 with one of our favourite genres – movies about movies (and, by extension, Hollywood).

One of the greatest commentaries on ‘the biz’ comes from master filmmaker Billy Wilder, and his impeccably dark film noir SUNSET BOULEVARD. Featuring the glorious (if not perfectly cast) Gloria Swanson as the iconic Norma Desmond as a former silent film star who finds herself “aged out” of the Hollywood galaxy. Refusing to accept that her star burns dark, Desmond hires a young screenwriter named Joe Gillis (William Holden) to help secure her movie comeback. Gillis believes he can manipulate Norma – but he soon finds out he is wrong when his ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to an inescapable descent into a fantasy world of violence, madness, and death. With cameos from Cecil B. DeMille, gossip columnist Hedda Hopper,

“Arguably the greatest movie about Hollywood, Billy Wilder‘s masterpiece SUNSET BOULEVARD is a tremendously entertaining combination of noir, black comedy, and character study.” (Rotten Tomaotes)

“Still the best Hollywood movie ever made about Hollywood.” (The New York Observer)

“One of Billy Wilder‘s finest, and certainly the blackest of all Hollywood’s scab-scratching accounts of itself.” (Time Out)

Tuesday, August 8
Doors 6:00 pm | Movie 6:30 pm

Tickets $10 advance HERE | $12 at the door

*Minors OK in the balcony! Must be 19+ w/ID for bar service and main floor seating.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.

SUNSET BOULEVARD (Billy Wilder, 1950 / 110 mins / G) Aging silent-film star Norma Desmond ensnares a young screenwriter in this poison-pen valentine to Hollywood.

The Apartment

The Apartment

“Shut up and deal.” In 1960, iconic filmmaker Billy Wilder (DOUBLE INDEMNITY, SUNSET BOULEVARD, SOME LIKE IT HOT, SABRINA, THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH) became the first person to win Academy Awards as producer, director and screenwriter for the same movie. That movie was  THE APARTMENT, starring Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, and Fred MacMurray. A critical and… Continue Reading

The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch

“When it gets hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox!” The Rio Theatre’s series of classic films continues with another hilarious title from one of our all-time favourite movie partnerships – Billy Wilder and Marilyn Monroe! The Seven Year Itch is still as sexy, funny and charming… Continue Reading

Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

“I wanna be loved by you, Just you, nobody else but you. I wanna be loved by you alo-o-one…. Boop boop e doo.” Join us at the Rio Theatre on July 6 for a “Black and White Wednesday” presentation of one of the true classics of Hollywood cinema, director Billy Wilder’s iconic musical screwball comedy… Continue Reading

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