• Director

    Jeffrey Schwarz

  • Producers

    Jeffrey Schwarz, John Boccardo

  • USA 2021. 85min

  • Language


  • Sales The Film Collaborative

The incredible story of Gloria Swanson’s wish to turn Sunset Boulevard into a musical truly proves that life does indeed imitate art. She hired struggling songwriters Richard Stapley and Dickson Hughes – who happened to be in a relationship – but everything derailed when she fell in love with one of them. Featuring rare archive footage of its subjects, alongside interviews with those who knew them, Schwarz journeys from the dark alleys of LA to the decadence of Palm Springs and the elite world of Broadway, proving there’s no safer pair of hands when it comes to delving into forgotten queer lives. A fascinating, hugely entertaining documentary that is not to be missed.

Emma Smart

Aged 16 to 25? You can book a £5 ticket to watch this film on BFI Player 16 to 27 March by signing up for a free BFI 25 & Under account.

Access information

The BFI Player screening will be presented with an audio-description soundtrack for customers who are blind or partially-sighted, and will have closed captions for customers who are D/deaf or people experiencing hearing loss.

You may also enjoy

I Want to Talk About Duras

A taped confession is the starting point for exploring the unusually intense bond that developed between Marguerite Duras and her besotted fan Yann Andréa.

Read more

Ultraviolette and the Blood-Spitters Gang

Robin Hunzinger’s strikingly poetic film reveals a long-hidden family secret – the incredible story of his grandmother’s rebellious lover Marcelle.

Read more

Parallel Mothers

This is Almodóvar at his best, presenting a riveting drama about two mothers from very different backgrounds whose lives become entwined by a series of accidents and coincidences.

Read more