Big screen classics

The Night of the Hunter

+ pre-recorded intro by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-Large

In Laughton’s masterpiece, Mitchum excels as a psychopathic preacher hunting down two children in a vividly recreated Depression America.

Image from The Night of the Hunter

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

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.

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