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Sat-Sun, Jun 18-19

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

  • Dir. Charles Laughton
  • USA
  • 1955
  • 92 min.
  • NR
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

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THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER — incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed — is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell, whose nefarious motives for marrying a fragile widow, played by Shelley Winters, are uncovered by her terrified young children. Graced by images of eerie beauty and a sneaky sense of humor, this ethereal, expressionistic American classic — also featuring the contributions of actress Lillian Gish and writer James Agee — is cinema’s most eccentric rendering of the battle between good and evil. (Synopsis from the Criterion Collection)

“Part fairy tale and part bogeyman thriller — a juicy allegory of evil, greed and innocence, told with an eerie visual poetry.” —Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle

“...One of the greatest of all American films, but has never received the attention it deserves.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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