‘Murder on the Orient Express’ set for Oct. 1
The Waupaca Area Public Library will present “Murder on the Orient Express” at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct, 1.
Dr. Jack Rhodes will introduce this 1974 movie, based on Agatha Christie’s classic murder mystery.
Rhodes notes that this movie received several Academy Award nominations and that Ingrid Bergman won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress for her role as a returned missionary. Others in the cast include Albert Finney, Lauren Bacall, Anthony Perkins, Richard Widmark, Wendy Hiller, Sir John Gielgud and Martin Balsam.
The production was directed by Sidney Lumet and features elegant period costuming and art design.
The plot line of “Murder on the Orient Express” is pretty well conveyed in the title, Rhodes said. A disagreeable financier is discovered murdered in his sleeping compartment aboard the famous train, and among the passengers is the famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, played by Finney in an Oscar-nominated performance.
The bulk of the film’s two-hour running time is devoted to Poirot’s clever interrogation of the suspects and his unmasking of the murderer.
The remainder of the First Thursday Film Series this fall will feature “With a Song in My Heart,” starring Susan Hayward, on Nov. 5, and “Three Godfathers,” starring Chester Morris, on Dec. 3.
Admission will be free and no reservations are necessary. Complimentary popcorn, sodas and theater treats will be served.
For more information, call the library at 715-258-4414.