The Night of the Hunter
In Laughton’s masterpiece, Mitchum excels as a psychopathic preacher hunting down two children in a vividly recreated Depression America.
Dir Charles Laughton
With Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish, Shelley Winters
Charles Laughton’s adaptation of Davis Grubb’s novel – about a rogue preacher (Mitchum, astonishing) 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.
The screening on Wed 16 Jun will feature a pre-recorded intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-Large.