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Elk Grove Theatre Presents "Sunset Boulevard"

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Amy Falk

The Elk Grove Theatre continues its second Tuesday of the month "Critic's Classics Series" with the "Sunset Boulevard." The movie will be presented in digital projection and sound at the Elk Grove Theatre, 1050 Arlington Heights Road in Elk Grove Village on Tuesday, June 10 2014, at 1 PM and 7 PM. Admission is $5 per person, and tickets are available in advance at the Elk Grove Theatre Box Office or online at www.classiccinemas.com. The series is co-sponsored by the Chicago Film Critics Association. Erik Childress will introduce the 1 PM show, and Chuck Koplinski will introduce the 7 PM screening. Q&A session will follow each film presentation.

The story, set in '50s Hollywood, focuses on Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), a silent-screen goddess whose pathetic belief in her own indestructibility has turned her into a demented recluse. The crumbling Sunset Boulevard mansion where she lives with only her butler, Max (Erich von Stroheim), who was once her director and husband, has become her self-contained world. Norma dreams of a comeback and she begins a relationship with Joe Gillis (William Holden), a small-time writer who becomes her lover, that will soon end with murder and total madness. The movie won the 1951 Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture and Swanson won a Golden Globe for best actress.

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