The Cleveland International Film Festival promotes artistically and culturally significant film arts through education and exhibition to enrich the life of the community.
Run Time: 85 minutes
Picture it. 1950. Old Hollywood is abuzz over leading lady Gloria Swanson, star of the era’s hit “Sunset Boulevard.” The film’s heroine, Norma Desmond, finds herself falling out of Hollywood’s spotlight and desperate to make a comeback. While Gloria’s own height of success was primarily seen in 1920s silent films, it’s hard to ignore the parallels of Gloria’s personal career trajectory with that of her most notable character. Now at age 50, Gloria’s opportunities have dwindled. So she decides to create one for herself by turning “Sunset Boulevard” into a Broadway musical—reprising her legendary role. When she recruits two young songwriters, Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley, to help bring her vision to life, a complicated love triangle forms, and tensions take root because of Gloria’s near obsession with returning to stardom. With the help of music archives and candid interview footage of Dickson and Richard, BOULEVARD! A HOLLYWOOD STORY tells a tale of hanging onto the dream of Hollywood, an unforgiving place that’s so quick to let you go. —A.B.
Tuesday, April 05, 2022 at 4:40 PM
Wednesday, April 06, 2022 at 12:10 PM
CIFF46 Streams On Demand
Sunday, April 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM -
Sunday, April 17, 2022 at 11:59 PM
Streams Access: United States and US Territories
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No
46th CIFF College Program
Ad Hoc Docs Competition