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BIG ‘NIGHT’ (AND DAY) AT THE FILM FORUM

THURSDAY, MAY 8…2 FILMS FOR ONE ADMISSION!

 

THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
(1955)

"Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms" sings both shotgun-toting child protector Lillian Gish and lurking psycho preacher Robert Mitchum, who sports a pocket switchblade, as well as fingers tattooed "Love" and "Hate." (Director Laughton told him "this character I want you to play is a diabolical shit." Mitchum: "Present.") Fairy tale and nightmare combine as Shelley Winters' orphans Sally Bruce and Billy Chapin odyssey through the American heartland, in this spellbinding folk tale adapted from the Davis Grubb novel by legendary critic and scenarist (The African Queen) James Agee (though Laughton purportedly completely rewrote his 350-page draft).

Laughton's sole directorial effort is a hypnotic tribute to the visuals of D.W. Griffith, with memorable images including a startling A-frame ceiling above a timorous victim (underscored by Sibelius' valse triste); the undulations of an underwater corpse's hair; and the children's nightmarish downriver trip; all stunningly photographed by cinematographer Stanley Cortez, who considered it one of the two most exciting experiences of his long career (the other was Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons). "Haunting and highly personal ...clearly the work of a master." – New York Times. (Film Forum)

1:00, 5:50, 10:30
93 minutes.

 

 

CHARLES LAUGHTON DIRECTS
THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

Legendary UCLA film preservationist Robert Gitt presents this "rare and glorious event" (Leonard Maltin) on the making of Laughton’s masterwork (his sole directorial effort). But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill film talk: Gitt has selected from over eight hours of original rushes, trims and cuts from the film (it’s the only classic for which such an abundance of material survives) to create an alternate view of the film’s most memorable sequences, including variant camera angles and dialogue missing from the final film and, most fascinating of all, between-takes glimpses of Laughton directing his actors by playing all the parts himself - men, women and children. That these out-takes survived at all is a miracle... To watch them is to feel present at the creation of a classic motion picture." – Kenneth Turan, L.A. Times. (Film Forum)
2:50, 7:40
158 minutes.



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