Saturday, 26 October 2013

Rear Window (film)

Grace Kelly reappears at the Under Ground Theatre in November, after last Sunday's The Country Girl, to put in a thrilling performance in Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window. Based on a 1940s short story by Cornell Woolrich entitled It Had To Be Murder, Rear Window also stars James Stewart, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr. The film premiered in 1954 in New York at a benefit performance to raise money for the American-Korean Foundation and went on to win four Oscars.

Photographer L B Jefferies (James Stewart) has broken his leg and is stuck in a wheelchair in his apartment during a particularly hot summer spell. In order to stave off boredom, he takes to spying on his neighbours. One night he believes he has witnessed the aftermath of one neighbour - Lars Thorwald (Raymond Burr) - murdering his wife. After recounting what he saw to his girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter), Jefferies sends the women out to discover evidence which results in Lisa climbing through Thorwald's window and being discovered herself.

Under Ground Theatre, Sun 17th Nov, 14:30.
Tickets £6.50 to include tea/coffee and cake after the screening, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, and in person from the Box Office and Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.

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