|Glenn Close in the current Broadway run of "Sunset Boulevard"|
My husband Jeff and I were lucky enough to score very good seats to see Glenn Close in the revival of "Sunset Boulevard." (We were very lucky to time this right because "Sunset Boulevard" is there for only a limited 16-week run.)
We loved it, of course, and Glenn Close was absolutely terrific. I resisted the temptation to say out loud those famous lines from the play as Close spoke them.
"I am big. It's the pictures that got small."
"Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."
During Sunset Boulevard scene changes and transitions, the show at the Palace Theater had a translucent screen that showed 1940s-era black and white flim clips of Hollywood and the glamorous actors who inhabited it. ("Sunset Boulevard," for those who don't know, takes place in 1940s Hollywood.)
Quite a world, back then.
Imagine my delight when I got home yesterday, opened up the BoingBoing web site, and found, with perfect timing, a video showing side by side view of the same drive through Los Angeles in the 1940s and today.
It's pretty fascinating to see how much things have changed.
Watch the video, which comes to us courtesy of the New Yorker: