The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine 

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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Mitchell Leisen

Writer:

Rod Serling
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Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Ida Lupino ... Barbara Jean Trenton
Martin Balsam ... Danny Weiss
Jerome Cowan ... Jerry Hearndan
Ted de Corsia ... Marty Sall
Alice Frost Alice Frost ... Sally
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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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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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  • French title: Du succès au déclin (From Success to Decline);
  • Brazilian title: Além da Imaginação - The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine.
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Quotes

Danny Weiss: Barbie, it's no good, honey. None of this is any good.
Barbara Trenton: Look, if you won't fix yourself a drink, sit down and be quiet - will you? You know something, Daniel, you have a habit of looking poised, ready to spring.
Danny Weiss: What was the picture?
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Living in the Past
10 January 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The washed up actress Barbara Trenton (Ida Lupino) is a woman stranded in her past, worshiping and watching her movies of twenty-five years ago in her glorious days. Her housemaid Sally (Alice Frost) is worried with her behavior and she tells to Barbara's friend and agent Danny Weiss (Martin Balsam) 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.

"The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" is another engaging episode of "The Twilight Zone" of a woman in a midlife crisis that insists in reviving her successful past. The contradictory messages seem to be that aging is inevitable and you should accept it; and your dream may come true if you insist on it. But the most important is that this is an entertaining episode. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação - The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" ("Beyond Imagination - The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine")


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