The Night of the Hunter
Friday, Feb 3 at 7:30 pm
Location: Redstone Theater
Dir. Charles Laughton. 1955, 92 mins. 35mm print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. With Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish. Acting legend Laughton’s sole screen directorial credit is perhaps cinema’s most remarkable one-off. A never-more-menacing Mitchum is a villain for the ages, Harry Powell, an ex-con disguised as a preacher who offers naive widow Willa Harper (Winters) a fresh start. Yet her wise kids rightly worry his intentions are less than pure. Part horror film, part fairy tale, The Night of the Hunter is an idiosyncratic, dazzlingly shot cinematic wonder full of unforgettable, eerie imagery that was shockingly not nominated for a Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) Oscar for Stanley Cortez. (The winner would be James Wong Howe for The Rose Tattoo.)
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets for February 3. Order tickets for February 4. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.