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Some times life is even more fascinating than fiction. Behind the mystique of "Sunset Boulvard" is a nuanced parallel story of a fading star, her unrequited love for a stunning younger man, and the gay love story it complicated. This story is not fiction, however, it was real.
Dickson Hughes and Richard Stapley were two young songwriters and romantic partners in the 1950s. They found themselves caught in movie star Gloria Swanson’s web when she hired them to write a musical version of “Sunset Boulevard" long before the Andrew Lloyd Webber version was even imagined. Life imitated art when Gloria fell in love with Richard, and Dixon and Richard found themselves trapped in a strange real life version of the classic Wilder film.
Jeffrey Schwartz has brought the true story to life in the documentary Boulevard! A Hollywood Story, now streaming on iTunes and Apple+. He is here with us today to talk about this true life romantic triangle and telling the world a new version of Sunset Boulevard. Jeffrey is an Emmy Award-winning producer, director and editor. His previous documentaries include “The Fabulous Allan Carr,” which premiered at the 2017 Seattle International Film Festival, the 2015 SXSW premiere “Tab Hunter Confidential,” the Emmy Award-winning HBO Documentary Films’ “Vito,” “I Am Divine,” currently streaming on Netflix, “Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon,” currently streaming on Amazon Prime, and the 2007 AFI Fest Documentary Audience Award winner “Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story.”
With co-host Brody Levesque