Join our new book club featuring the BFI Film Classics series! The BFI Film Classics series introduces, interprets and celebrates landmarks of world cinema. Each volume offers an argument for the film's 'classic' status, together with discussion of its production and reception history, its place within a genre or national cinema, an account of its technical and aesthetic importance, and in many cases, the author's personal response to the film.

On the second Monday of every month, our Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Parry, will lead an in-person meeting centered around a selection from the BFI Film Classics series. Join us to share your opinions on the film, the author's interpretations, and develop a better understanding of some of your new favorite films! Everyone is welcome!


Book Club Meeting: Monday, April 8, 2024 6PM

Interabang Presents Sunset Boulevard Screening at the Texas Theatre: Sunday, March 17th 3:00PM
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Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard was a critical and commercial success on its release in 1950 and remains a classic of film noir and one of the best-known Hollywood films about Hollywood. Both its opening, with William Holden as the screenwriter Joe Gillis floating facedown in ageing star Norma Desmond's (Gloria Swanson) pool, and lines such as 'I am big, it's the pictures that got small' are some of the most memorable in Classical Hollywood cinema.

Steven Cohan's study of the film draws on original archival research to shed new light on the film's production history, and the contribution to the film's success and meanings of director Wilder, stars Holden and Swanson but also supporting actors Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson (who plays Betty Schaefer), Cecil B. DeMille, and Hedda Hopper, as well as costumier Edith Head, and composer Franz Waxman. Cohan considers the film both as a 'backstudio' picture (a movie about Hollywood) and as a film noir, and in the context of McCarthyism, blacklisting and the Hollywood Ten.

Cohan explores how the film was marketed, its reception and afterlife, tracing how the film is at once a product of its own particular historical moment as the movie industry was transitioning out of the studio era, yet one that still speaks powerfully to contemporary audiences, and speculates on the reasons for its enduring appeal.
 

About the Author


Kristi Irene McKim is Professor and Chair of Film and Media Studies and English at Hendrix College, USA. Her books include Love in the Time of Cinema (2011) and Cinema as Weather: Stylistic Screens and Atmospheric Change (2013). She has published in journals such as Camera Obscura, Studies in French Cinema, Senses of Cinema, Bennington Review, New England Review, Bright Lights Film Review, Film International, and Film-Philosophy. She is also the online editor for Film Matters Magazine and co-editor of The Cine-Files special edition on "Teaching Film".


Book Club Meeting: Monday, April 8, 2024 6PM

Interabang Presents Sunset Boulevard Screening at the Texas Theatre: Sunday, March 17th 3:00PM
Purchase Tickets Here

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Sunset Boulevard (BFI Film Classics)

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By Steven Cohan

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$15.95
ISBN: 9781839024085
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Published: British Film Institute - October 6th, 2022

Sunset Boulevard (BFI Film Classics) By Steven Cohan Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781839024085
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: British Film Institute - October 6th, 2022

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in discussion on Billy Wilder's SUNSET BOULEVARD, an analysis by Steven Cohan. Screening at the Texas Theatre on March 17th!