Sixty years after its creation, Billy Wilder's Hollywood noir remains as shocking as ever, casting a spell as thick and dark as the best David Lynch and featuring one of the most fearless performances in film history. As the desperately deluded has-been Norma Desmond, Gloria Swanson throws her ego onto the fire, and watching it burn is one of the great pleasures of American cinema. An opportunity to see Sunset Boulevard on the big screen cannot be ignored. (Metro Cinemas, 4500 Ninth Ave NE, 781-5755. 7 and 9:10 pm, $10.)

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