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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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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23 October 1959 (USA)  »

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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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Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] To the wishes that come true, to the strange, mystic strength of the human animal, who can take a wishful dream and give it a dimension of its own. To Barbara Jean Trenton, movie queen of another era, who has changed the blank tomb of an empty projection screen into a private world. It can happen - in the Twilight Zone.
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Some fine performances, but not a whole lot else

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.

Playing a bit like Billy Wilder's 'Sunset Blvd.' but with Ida Lupin ('High Sierra') instead of Gloria Swanson as the distressed, aging movie star. To me, this has always been one of the least entertaining & watchable episodes of the series. While Lupino, who would later be the only female ever to direct an episode of the show, does a great job as Barbara Jean Trent, and Martin Balsam is a solid co-star as Trent's agent & friend, the overall episode just does not have enough oomph behind it to make it a classic. This may come from the fact that it, for so long, played out as little more than just a standard Hollywood-themed drama, and the 'Twilight Zone'-ness of it doesn't appear until the final few moments which, to be honest, weren't creative enough to steal the show.

Overall, it's a nice effort to do something a bit different, but it just wasn't a stellar episode and won't go down as one of the tops of this wonderful series.

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