1950, USA, Billy Wilder, 110 min.
Starring William Holden, Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim
Introduced by neuroscientist Bruce Doré
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- The opening scene showing Gillis' body was facilitated by placing a mirror on the bottom of the swimming pool.
- Norma Desmond's bedroom is designed after the room the Phantom has prepared for Christine Daaé, and the elaborately carved, fairytale boat-shaped beds are identical.
- The writers feared that Hollywood would react unfavorably to such a damning portrait of the film industry, and so the film was code named 'A Can of Beans' while in production.
About the Speaker
Bruce Doré is a PhD candidate in the Columbia University Psychology Department, interested in the regulation of positive emotion in health and illness. His research investigates the cognitive and brain processes that underlie our ability to 'look on the bright side' in response to negative life experiences and the motivational factors that influence when and how we choose to regulate our emotions. He is also broadly interested in the relationship between lab-based and real-world measures of cognition, emotion, and behavior. Bruce grew up on a farm in Southwestern Ontario; before coming to New York, he studied and did research at the University of Guelph and the University of British Columbia.