Essential Soul Food Movie, on four of the five Arts & Faith 100 lists. Rare chance to see it on the big screen.
The Night of the Hunter
(USA, 1955, 93 mins)
Monday October 31, 6:30
Directed By: Charles Laughton
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish
A singular masterpiece in the history of film, Charles Laughton’s version of Davis Grubb’s novel is an extraordinary artifact. In the most “out-there” performance of his career Robert Mitchum is the crazed Baptist preacher who terrorizes two young children and murders their mother to get his hands on the loot he knows is stashed somewhere in the house. Laughton cast Lillian Gish as this fiend’s antithesis and resurrects the antique visual rhetoric forged by Gish and DW Griffith in the silent era to create a beguilingly sinister fairytale mood, a mixture of menace and innocence that will stalk your dreams.