The Night of the Hunter (1955) was Charles Laughton's only outing as a film director. Part expressionist horror movie, part luminous fairytale, it contains some of the most haunting images in cinema. Wheeler (Shelley Winters), her throat cutting hair streaming out like seaweed, sitting upright in a submerged Model T Ford. Her children, framed by looming animals, in a downriver flight from Preacher (Robert Mitchum). Preacher on horseback, a silhouetted threat on the horizon. Rachel Cooper (Lilian Gish) keeping watch in the darkness. The Night of the Hunter is revered today, but it failed on its first release, and Lawton never recovered from the disappointment.
film historian/actor/Director Simon Callow traces the life cycle of the film: from its roots in Davis Grubb’s bestselling novel, through casting, production, editing, to itself faded release and subsequent elevation to classic status. Empathizing Laughton’s skill at bringing out the best in a talented cast and crew, and adding his own commentary on and interpretation of the film, Callow celebrates a unique cinematic achievement.
Publisher : British Film Institute; 2nd edition (January 26, 2001)
Language : English
Paperback : 79 pages
ISBN-10 : 0851708226
ISBN-13 : 978-0851708225
Item Weight : 0.31 lbs
Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.25 x 7.52 inches
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