Friday, August 17, 2018
9:30 PM–11:30 PM
1950, Billy Wilder, USA , 110 min.
Introduced by astrologer John Marchesella
Zodiac: Sagittarius (you can trust them)
Norma Desmond is ready for her close-up. A former silent movie star (Gloria Swanson) enlists a young screenwriter (William Holden) to aid her comeback well into the age of the talkies, but her needy narcissism turns the challenge into an uphill, potentially fatal battle of the wills. Appearances by Cecil B. DeMille, Erich von Stroheim, Hedda Hopper, and Buster Keaton.
NORMA: Who? I’d have to have somebody I can trust. When were you born—I mean, what sign of the zodiac?
GILLIS: I don’t know.
NORMA: What month?
GILLIS: December twenty-first.
NORMA: Sagittarius. I like Sagittarians. You can trust them.
“The finest movie ever made about the narcissistic hellhole that is Hollywood.”
—Adrian Hennigan, BBC
About Cabaret Cinema: Dreams & Prophecy
Inspired by the Astro Poets, the whimsical astrologers beloved by the Twitterverse, Cabaret Cinema looks beyond the stars of Hollywood to the stars in the sky this summer. Twelve films aligned with the signs of the zodiac ensure there’s something for everyone. Whether you were born under a Black Moon or Sans Soleil, come see what the cinema of the past portends for the future.
About the Introducer
John Marchesella has been a practicing astrologer in New York, fully certified by NCGR-PAA, since 1976. He also teaches astrology, presents at many conferences, and contributes to various publications. He is a past chair of the National Council for Geocosmic Research, and he currently serves as president of NCGR-New York. John is also certified as a humanistic psychotherapist from Temenos Institute, Westport, CT, and a bereavement counselor from St. Vincent’s Hospice. He is also an avid fan of the movies! For more information, visit www.astrojohn.com.
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