In celebration of Southern California’s contributions to cinema, A.K. Smiley Public Library is hosting a free film series dedicated to the state’s striking beauty and complex past. From literary adaptations to depictions of historical events, “Southern California in Film” brings together a group of classic films that could only have been made in the Golden State.
The series will begin on Saturday, September 21st at 2pm in the Contemporary Club with a screening of the film noir classic, Sunset Boulevard. Named for the famed Los Angeles thoroughfare where the film’s story of stardom, manipulation, and delusion takes place. Focusing on the relationship between a faded film star and an aspiring screenwriter, Sunset Boulevard examines the dark side of the film industry. The film won three Academy Awards and been ranked among the best American films. In 1989, it was one of the first films to be selected for preservation by the Library of Congress.
No admission is charged for film screenings, thanks to the generous contributions of donors to the Library. Registration is requested, but not required.
Most films will be shown on the third Saturday of the month, and begin at 2pm in the Contemporary Club, 173 S. Eureka Street. For more information or for schedule updates, call (909) 798-7632.