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Sunset Blvd. (1950) & Life With Linkletter (ABC, 11/10/50)

September 12, 2014 @ 7:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American File Program, in association with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, present “What I Really Do is Magic: Edith Head and Hollywood Costume Design.”

Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Directed by Billy Wilder.

Director Billy Wilder’s timeless classic frames at its center a woman lost between historical epochs. Star Gloria Swanson, a lifelong clotheshorse, brought tremendous gusto to the self-referential role of Norma Desmond, a half-forgotten silent film star enlisting a small-time screenwriter to craft her comeback film. Decked out in chic, modern dresses, which costume designer Edith Head trimmed with dated accessories, Swanson is a portrait in hopeless self-delusion.

Paramount Pictures Corp. Producer: Charles Brackett. Screenwriter: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr. Cinematographer: John F. Seitz. Editor: Arthur Schmidt. Cast: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson, Fred Clark.

35mm, b/w, 115 min.


Followed by:
Life With Linkletter (ABC, 11/10/50)—Excerpt
Directed by Stuart W. Phelps.

In a routine that would continue for many years, costume designer Edith Head offers sartorial advice to select audience members of Art Linkletter’s variety show.

Cast: Art Linkletter, Edith Head.

DigiBeta, b/w, approx. 10 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!


September 12, 2014
7:30 PM
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Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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