Sunday Film – The Great Race


THIS AFTERNOON’S FILM : THE GREAT RACE (1965 COL 160m)

UGT Sunday Films – on the first Sunday of every month.

Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 2.30pm. Venue and coffee bar open at 2pm

Tickets are just £5 – which includes free tea and cakes!

The Great Race is a 1965 American Technicolor slapstick comedy film starring Jack Lemmon, Tony Curtis, and Natalie Wood, directed by Blake Edwards, written by Blake Edwards and Arthur A. Ross, and with music by Henry Mancini.

The Great Leslie and Professor Fate are competing daredevils at the turn of the 20th century. Leslie is the classic hero – always dressed in white, handsome, ever-courteous, enormously talented and successful. Leslie’s nemesis, Fate, is the traditional melodramatic villain – usually dressed in black, sporting a black moustache and top hat, glowering at most everyone, maniacal evil laugh, grandiose plans to thwart the hero, and dogged by failure.

Leslie proposes an automobile race from New York to Paris and offers the Webber Motor Car Company the opportunity to build an automobile to make the journey. They design and build a new car named “The Leslie Special”. Fate builds his own race vehicle, the Hannibal Twin-8, complete with hidden devices of sabotage. Other car owners enter the race, including one owned by New York City’s most prominent newspaper.

Director Blake Edwards based the film on the 1908 New York to Paris Race, very loosely interpreted. On February 12, 1908, the “Greatest Auto Race” began with six entrants, starting in New York City and racing westward across three continents. The destination was Paris, making it the first around-the-world automobile race. Only the approximate race route and the general time period were borrowed by Edwards in his effort to make “the funniest comedy ever”.

As usual, UGT film buff Chris Leach will take pleasure in giving an upbeat powerpoint presentation before the film, enthusing about the movie and what the star actors and crew did in their careers and lives. He’ll also point out who to look out for.

Tea and cakes, included in your admission price of just a fiver, will follow after the film.

The cinema is set in traditional and table style, allowing you to take drinks and food in with you to enjoy at leisure throughout the film.

The Great Race (1965) Wikipedia  IMDB

Sunday 3rd June 2018 at 2.30pm. Venue and coffee bar open at 2pm.

Tickets: £5 (includes tea/coffee and cakes at half time)

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