Tue 7 - Wed 15 Dec

The Sleeping Car Murders

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95 mins

in French with EN subs

FRA | 1965 | dir. Costa-Gavras, with Catherine Allégret, Jacques Perrin, Yves Montand, Simone Signoret, Michel Piccoli, Jean-Louis Trintignant

This first feature by Franco-Greek director Costa-Gavras was adapted from a novel by Sébastien Japrisot and is a humorous, visually punchy take on the murder mystery. Six people share a sleeping compartment on a Paris-bound train. After they arrive, one of them is found strangled, and before long, the killer starts bumping off the remaining passengers. Red herrings abound and the twists and thrills are masterfully executed with a dream cast including the Simone Signoret, Yves Montand and Michel Piccoli.

7 & 15 Dec

Replay the introduction, ‘Simone Signoret, French icon and international star‘, by Dr Sarah Leahy, senior lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Newcastle and author of doctoral thesis on Simone Signoret and Brigitte Bardot: Femininities in 1950s French Cinema:

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