Yesterday the Stranger Suggested: 'Sunset Boulevard'
Meet Nadia Abdelrhman, a Stranger reader who has vowed to do everything The Stranger suggests for the entire month of March. Look for her reports daily on Slog and Line Out. —Eds.
shows hand-picked film series in addition to the newer movies that normally grace their screens. The current series is Film Noir, and last night the viewing was Sunset Boulevard
. The haunting qualities of Norma Desmond's presence first entrance you with the nighttime burial of her prized monkey
. Meanwhile, Joe Gillis, a struggling film writer, has wandered into Desmond's stark and decaying mansion in a desperate attempt to hold onto his car and his livelihood—only to be ensnared by the delusional Desmond, a fallen silent screen icon. Desmond, consumed by the specter of her eternal star power, turns reality on its head. Her closest companion, a butler, is an enabler, and her fantasy an irascible nightmare.