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Film U & Uc, Sun 3 Jun 2018, £5

The Great Race

The Great Race

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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”.

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Event details

Dates Times
Sun 3 Jun 2018 14:30
Venue and coffee bar open at 2pm.

Prices

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

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Contact

Under Ground Theatre

0843 289 1980

Address

Grove Road,
Eastbourne,
East Sussex,
BN21 4TL

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Map reference: OA 608904  Lat: 50.76868 Long: 0.27926

Opposite Eastbourne Station in the town centre. The theatre is located under the Central Library. There is free but limited on street parking.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Eastbourne station

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