Seniors’ free matinee: The Night of the Hunter
+ intro by BFI programmer David Somerset
Two young children are threatened by a murderous preacher, played by a chilling Robert Mitchum.
Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters
USA 1955. 92min
François Truffaut was wowed by what he described as ‘an immensely inventive and truly experimental film, one that aimed to re-create the visual and cinematic splendour of the silent era’. The Night of the Hunter is a parable about innocence and the corrupting force of money, a nightmarish fairy tale in which two young children are tormented by a psychopathic preacher. Despite a poor critical reception upon its release, the film is now considered a masterpiece of cinema.
Free for over-60s (booking by phone or in person only), otherwise normal matinee price.