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THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER

CHARLES LAUGHTON

Closing this Thursday, January 23rd. Tickets are on sale now.

IFI CLASSIC

The Night Of The Hunter is Cahier du Cinéma’s second most beautiful film ever made, one of the BFI’s top ten films to see before the age of 14, a regular feature on any international ‘best of’ list . . . and was so poorly received on its release that the confidence of its first-time director, Charles Laughton, was destroyed. It remains his only film as director, and while it’s sad to think of what might have been, more important is the acknowledgement of what a strange, unique masterpiece this Gothic fairytale is.

Robert Mitchum is at his most iconic as Reverend Harry Powell, the psychopathic preacher with ‘love’ and ‘hate’ tattooed across his knuckles, relentlessly pursuing the children of his former cellmate across Depression-era West Virginia in the belief that they know where their father stashed his money. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.) 

IFI IRISH SHORTS
These screenings will be preceded by an IFB-funded short, Bird Food, by Richard Keane. A man plans to eat his lunch in the park, but the local pigeons have other ideas. (5 mins, Ireland, 2012.)

The Night of the Hunter will be one of three films discussed in January’s FREE film club meeting, The Critical Take, on Wednesday, January 22nd at 18.30. This event is open to all – simply book your seat at the IFI Box Office.

Don’t forget we now schedule weekly.

93 minutes, U.S.A., 1955, Black and White, D-Cinema

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