May 12, 2009

The Night of the Hunter

As of this post, we're caught up on The List.  That is, I've made a post for all of the movies watched so far as part of my project of watching all of the IMDb's Top 250.

Title: The Night of the Hunter
Year: 1955
Director: Charles Laughton
Writer: James Agee, based on the novel by Davis Grubb
Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish, Billy Chapin, Sally Jane Bruce
Music: Walter Schumann
Distinctions: currently #159 on IMDb's Top 250
Length: 92 minutes
Synopsis: a mad "preacher" is after money that two kids have hidden
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), March 2009
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 8/10 (points off for cinematography and special effects/design) c. 3.2/4 (Very good).

A very strange film for the time - in a good way. It's interesting how it plays with expectations and repeatedly defies its genre, without ever being unsatisfying.

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