ROCKLAND — The Rockland Public Library presents a two-part series of films in which strangers collide with very different results. The series begins on Thursday, Dec. 26, at 2 p.m., with the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film, Strangers on a Train.
In one of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense classics, tennis pro Guy Haines (Farley Granger) chances to meet the wealthy Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) on a train and Bruno discusses the theory of exchanging murders. Suppose that Bruno were to murder Guy’s wife, and Guy in exchange were to kill Bruno’s father? With no known link between the two men, the police would be none the wiser, would they?
Co-adapted by Raymond Chandler from a novel by Patricia Highsmith, “Strangers on a Train perfectly exemplifies Hitchcock’s favorite theme of the evil that lurks just below the surface of everyday life and ordinary men,” said the Library, in a news release.
On Thursday, Jan. 2, at 6:30 p.m., the Library will screen the romantic comedy classic Sleepless in Seattle (1993, 104 minutes). In this timeless tale of loss and renewal, Tom Hanks plays a widowed father in Seattle who appears on a late night talk-radio show to share his feelings about how much he misses his deceased wife. Meg Ryan plays an unhappily engaged Baltimore reporter who hears him over the air and becomes infatuated. Slowly, through multiples twists of fate, these two strangers make their way toward one another.
The film received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
The Rockland Public Library is located at 80 Union St. The events are free and open to the public.