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.
Dir Charles Laughton
With Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters
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.