Night of the Hunter ( 1955 )

FERNANDO’s CORNER:  Posted August 12th, 2015 

NITE OF HUNTER ( GISH )  NITE OF HUNTER ( IX )

I saw the long anticipated Charles Laughton film “The Night of the Hunter (1955) and it was not at all what I expected.

NITE OF HUNTER ( LAUGHTON )

It’s not an easy film to watch, because it is full of subtext and complexities in what it aims to convey. It is an artistic, allegorical film, and its mise-en-scène reminded me of German Expressionism. Good and Evil. Fanaticism. Motherly and brotherly Love. Ignorance. There are so many themes that this film tackles.

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The two little kids are excellent in their roles, especially Billy Chapin as the untrusting son. Lillian Gish’s character is my favorite of the film; a sweet widow who takes care of poor children during the hardest day of the Depression. Goodness. Shelley Winters plays another “victim” ( as she did in “A Double Life-1947 and “A Place in the Sun-1951 ). Ignorance. Evelyn Varden is very good as meddling, cynical woman.

NITE OF HUNTER ( MITCHUM )

Robert Mitchum gives an impressive, showy performance as the lunatic, religious fanatic who pretends to be a preacher of God. Evil. It is a film I shall revisit and I’ll probably buy a future Criterion Release of it, because it’ll shed light on its many subjects. A superior movie.

SUTS ( ROBERT MITCHUM )
REGISTER MARK                  (  ROBERT MITCHUM, TCM Star of the Day – August 12th, 2015 )

 

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