The Night of the Hunter

Friday, November 11, 2011 - 5:00pm
Ulrich Recital Hall (Tawes 1121)

Charles Laughton | 1955 | 93 min

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 (he of the 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.