The Lone Star Film Society & Fort Worth Opera (FWOpera) announced today a free screening of Billy Wilder’s Oscar-winning film Sunset Boulevard at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on April 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM.Cinema and opera collide in this exciting new event, featuring a multimedia talk by opera director Chuck Hudson, and a performance by FWOpera-TCU Hattie Mae Lesley Apprentice Artist Bronwyn White. Not only will audiences get a sneak peek of FWOpera’s dazzling, 1950s Hollywood production of Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, inspired by Sunset Boulevard, but for one night only, film lovers will get a chance to view this critically acclaimed classic on the big screen.
Ranked number 16 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century, Sunset Boulevard stars William Holden as struggling, disillusioned screenwriter Joe Gillis and Gloria Swanson as aging silent film star Norma Desmond. Looking to resurrect her dying career, she hires the ambitious young man to stage her comeback, but he soon finds himself caught up in a treacherous spiral of madness, obsession, and violence. At the 23rd Academy Awards, the film won three awards for best original score, production design, and screenplay.
A protégé of the great French mime Marcel Marceau, Chuck Hudson is an award-winning director of opera. In FWOpera’s 1950s update of Don Pasquale, Hudson invites audiences to join him on a wild ride through the early days of cinema, as the era of the silent film gives way to a bright, Technicolored future. Hudson will discuss the cinematic inspiration for his critically acclaimed production of Donizetti’s 19th-century comedy, followed by a Q&A, and a thrilling operatic performance by soprano Bronwyn White.
This screening is free but you must grab a free ticket here.
Purchase tickets to opening night of Don Pasquale (April 28, 2018 at 7:30 PM) and use coupon code LONESTAR20 to receive 20% off single tickets (limit 6 per person), excluding value seating.