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Big screen classics

The Night of the Hunter

Robert Mitchum excels as a psychopathic preacher on the hunt for a fortune in a vividly recreated Depression-era America.

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

Charles Laughton’s adaptation of Davis Grubb’s novel – about a rogue preacher (an astonishing Mitchum) hunting down two children who know the whereabouts of a fortune he wants – is surprisingly and very successfully faithful to the book’s distinctive child’s-eye-view of life down by the Ohio River during the Depression. The great Stanley Cortez created the unforgettable images, a blend of American pastoral, expressionism and the almost surreal.


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