Barbara Jean Trenton is a faded film star who lives in the past by constantly re-watching her old movies instead of moving on with her life, so her associates try to lure her out of her self-imposed isolation.
The washed up actress Barbara Trenton is a woman stranded in her past, worshiping and watching her movies of twenty-five years ago in her glorious days. Her housemaid Sally is worried with her behavior and she tells to Barbara's friend and agent Danny Weiss that unsuccessfully tries to make Barbara move on with her life, giving a new role in the cinema industry. But Barbara lives in the past and does not accept that she is older now. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Picture of a woman looking at a picture. Movie great of another time, once-brilliant star in a firmament no longer a part of the sky, eclipsed by the movement of earth and time. Barbara Jean Trenton, whose world is a projection room, whose dreams are made out of celluloid. Barbara Jean Trenton, struck down by hit-and-run years and lying on the unhappy pavement, trying desperately to get the license number of fleeting fame.
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With inspiration taken from Sunset Boulevard, Ida Lupino steps into Gloria Swanson's shoes as a faded movie queen who sits at home and watches her old films in glory years. Optimistically enough she still retains an agent in Martin Balsam who even tries to get her a small part in a film which film executive Ted DeCorsia thinks is pure charity. Not for Ida though. At least they didn't get her down to ask if they could use her old Deusenberg in a film.
All I can say is that Norma Desmond should have had this satisfactory an ending as the one that Ida Lupino's character received. Come to think of it both achieved their own version of The Twilight Zone and you'll agree if you this fine Twilight Zone Story.
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