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Strangers on a Train


Wednesday 27th July 2016 at 7.00pm

Café-bar opens at 6.00pm ★ Free! ★ £5 Donations encouraged


2 Dugard Way, Renfrew Road, London SE11, (10 minutes walk from Elephant and Castle

ReShape and the Cinema Museum are proud to present Stranger on a Train, a 1951 American psychological crime thriller produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Farley Granger and Robert Walker. The screening will be followed by an open discussion with Brian Mullin, playwright and dramaturg, and another guest (tbd).

One of Hitchcock’s most fascinating and yet accessible films, “Strangers” is also one of the most analyzed films due to its narrative complexity and visual brilliance. Raymond Chandler and Czenzi Ormonde worked with Hitchcock on the scenario, based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel. Little was taken from the novel besides the title, the concept of the double murders, and the subtext of homosexual courtship, which was audacious in the book, and even more so in the film, considering the conservative climate in which it was released. Hitchcock edited separate American and British version of the film -- cutting down the intensity of the "seductiveness" in the American print.

The tale begins when two complete strangers strike up a conversation on a train: What if two people "swapped" murders, thus resolving themselves of all suspicion of the crime, and rendering their motive irrelevant? Could this truly be the perfect murder?

The movie is usually ranked among Hitchcock's best

This is a free event but we need your donations on the night to ensure the continuation of the VITO project. All donations go towards covering the costs associated with running the event (film licences, heating and lighting, rental of the premises, printing, promotion etc). Donations are VITO's only source of funding and we need to raise an average of £5 per person just to cover our costs. So PLEASE DIG DEEP and give us a paper donation if you are able to.

Doors to the cafe/bar will open at 6pm for a 7pm screening. Come early to secure a seat as it can get very busy and we do not take bookings. 
The doors to the Cinema will be shut once capacity is reached.

The project is endorsed by BFI Flare: London LGBT film festival, 56 Dean St, QX Magazine, Gay’s the Word, ACT UP London, Gay Mates, a Change of Scene, the Cara Trust, I-Base, UK-CAB, Positively UK, Gaydio, NAZ Project and Broad Appeal Podcast.

For more information, or to join our mailing list, contact Sylvie Beaumont, ReShape Coordinator.

All future showings in the series will be the last Wednesday of the month



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