The Night of the Hunter

Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 9:00 p.m.

RETROSPECTIVE SPOTLIGHT

Director: Charles Laughton
Cast: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish
1955, 93 min.

Join BEFF in celebrating the 60th anniversary of this classic American film. Released in 1955, THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER—the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed—is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm’s 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.

Tickets: $10 at the door

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