Sunset Boulevard on Tybee

By Jim Reed/SMN

The Tybee Post Theater’s Girls’ Night Out series of beloved Hollywood features continues Sept. 20, with a bona fide timeless classic: director Billy Wilder’s iconic 1950 film noir “Sunset Boulevard,” starring Gloria Swanson and William Holden as, respectively, a delusional silent film star in extreme denial of her fall from popularity and an unsuccessful screenwriter who attempts to help rehabilitate the actress’ career.

The dark and dread-filled film, which posits Swanson as a woman so haunted by her past successes that she becomes a hermit, boasts unexpected cameos by a handful of real-life silent film-era stars and big-name cinema directors.

It was described by Time Magazine as “Hollywood at its worst told by Hollywood at its best,” and went on to be one of the very few films to receive Oscar nominations in all of the following categories: Best Motion Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Writing, Best Art Direction, Best B&W Cinematography, Best Film Editing and Best Musical Score. It won three of those Oscars. So yeah, it’s like, real good and stuff.

Don’t miss this rare chance to see it on the big screen as its creators intended almost 70 years ago. 7 p.m. showtime. Admission includes your choice of a beverage (beer, wine or soft drinks), and a limited number of pre-show three-course dinner packages at the 80 East Gastropub a few blocks from the Post are available for an additional fee. Those dinner packages must be reserved online in advance through the theater’s website.