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The night of the hunter

Author: Simon Callow; British Film Institute.
Publisher: London : BFI Publishing, ©2000.
Series: BFI film classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Night of the Hunter (1955) was Charles Laughton's only film as director. Part expressionist horror movie, part luminous fairy tale, it contains some of the most haunting images in cinema. Willa (Shelley Winters), her throat cut and hair streaming out like seaweed, sitting upright in a submerged Model-T Ford. Her children, framed by looming animals, in a downriver flight from Preacher (Robert Mitchum). Preacher  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Callow, Simon, 1949-
Night of the hunter.
London : BFI Publishing, ©2000
(OCoLC)606494243
Named Person: Charles Laughton
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Simon Callow; British Film Institute.
ISBN: 0851708226 9780851708225
OCLC Number: 59582358
Description: 79 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 19 cm.
Series Title: BFI film classics.
Responsibility: Simon Callow.
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This is an examination of "The Night of the Hunter", Charles Laughton's only outing as a film director. It looks at the symbolism of the piece, at Willa, her throat cut sitting in the Model-T Ford,  Read more...

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'Simon Callow...has written the book with with a full understanding of its textuality and with knowledge of its subject...some wonderful performances by the children.' - Filmwerk

 
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