Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 4

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (23 Oct. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (original title)

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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.

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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

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Ida Lupino, who starred in this episode, would later direct Twilight Zone: The Masks (1964). She thus became not just the only woman to direct an episode of the Twilight Zone (1959), but also the only person both to star in an episode and to direct one. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] 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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It Just Doesn't Do It!
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The actress that can't handle getting old is a recurring theme in movies: Baby Jane, Sunset Boulevard, etc. These people who were admired for their glamor must have problems when it comes to being absorbed into the general population. This was still the time when Hollywood created stars and then threw them away. Today, some of the stars are as successful in their maturity as they are when young, although the young still have a tremendous advantage. Ida Lupino can't stand growing old and has turned into a bitter, nasty witch. Still, there is great sympathy for her, especially from the man who has stood by her throughout her life. This has a pretty happy ending although we never know exactly where she has been sent. She could be in a personal hell for all we know. It fits the Twilight Zone formula very well and there are at least two other episodes that use the same basic plot.


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