Introduced by film historian Foster Hirsch, author of “Hollywood and the Movies of the Fifties”, who will be signing copies of his new book before and after the screening (copies for sale in the lobby).
The Night of the Hunter was the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed, and it's 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 (with tattooed knuckles), 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.
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