Strangers on a Train (PG)

Sunday 10 July 2016 to Thursday 14 July 2016

Strangers on a Train (PG)

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  • Director Alfred Hitchcock
  • Origin US
  • Year 1951
  • Duration 101 minutes

Adapting Highsmith
A season of Patricia Highsmith adaptations.
Patricia Highsmith - an American who lived most of her life in Europe, where she enjoyed success largely denied her at home - is one of the most adapted-for-cinema authors of the mid/late 20th Century. Although working specifically in crime fiction, the artistry and intelligence she brought to her work is widely considered to have transcended the genre and rival that of mainstream literature. Through July to September, we explore six adaptations of her work from the popular Strangers On A Train and The Talented Mr Ripley, to rarely seen gems like The Cry Of The Owl and Enough Rope

Strangers On A Train (PG)

Often referred to as Alfred Hitchcock’s return to form after a series of critical and commercial disappointments and co-written by Raymond Chandler, Strangers On A Train was adapted from Highsmith’s debut novel, published just a couple of months after her 29th birthday in 1950. Robert Walker and Farley Granger play Bruno and Guy, two young men whose chance meeting on a train journey leads to a supposedly fool-proof murder swap as Bruno agrees to kill Guy’s wife if Guy disposes of Bruno’s father.