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Big screen classics

The Night of the Hunter

Charles Laughton’s one-off directorial masterpiece is a powerful fable about good and evil, set in Depression-era America.

Image from The Night of the Hunter

USA 1955
Dir Charles Laughton
With Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters, Billy Chapin
92min
Digital
Certificate 12A

Charles Laughton’s only film as director is an idiosyncratic masterpiece, drawing on expressionist horror, Biblical parable and American pastoral to relate the story of two Depression-era children targeted by a murderous rogue preacher (Mitchum, utterly remarkable). Stanley Cortez’s stunning cinematography captures the strange, dreamlike atmosphere of Davis Grubb’s novel, while the performances have the forthright simplicity and power of myth.

The screening on Wed 25 Sep will introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large.


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