Book review: Silver Screen Fiend by Patton Oswalt

Silver Screen Fiend, stand-up comedian and writer Patton Oswalt’s memoir about moviegoing in the ’90s, begins and ends at a revival screening of Sunset Boulevard. It’s a fitting choice: The 1950 noir is essentially about what movies do to us, and what role a film’s viewers—“those wonderful people out there in the dark,” as the film’s main character, Norma Desmond, puts it—play in the movie-audience transaction.
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