Friday, December 7, Breaking the Code: The Night of the Hunter Article I don't like my article very much, but I do really like how it looks in my spread. This is the preliminary lay out for each of the 5 articles.
Gregory read the novel The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb and decided to produce a film from it, with James Agee as screenwriter and Laughton as director. Laughton drew on the harsh, angular look of German expressionist films of the s. Casting[ edit ] Laughton considered casting Gary Cooper as Harry Powell, but Cooper did not accept the role as it might be detrimental to his career.
Robert Mitchum was eager for the part of the preacher.
When he auditioned, a moment that particularly impressed Charles Laughton was when Laughton described the character as "a diabolical shit" and Mitchum promptly answered, "Present! Winters said that this was "the most thoughtful and reserved performance I ever gave".
Laughton envisioned his wife Elsa Lanchester to play the role of Rachel Cooper. Lanchester, for reasons unknown to Laughton, turned down the role, suggesting silent movie star Lillian Gish for the role instead.
A doubtful Laughton went to New York for the purpose of watching films that Gish starred in. These included the shorts and feature films she made with pioneer D.
When Gish asked Laughton[ clarification needed ], he replied, "When I first went to the movies, they sat in their seats straight and leaned forward.
Now they slump down, with their heads back, and eat candy and popcorn. I want them to sit up straight again. Note the placement of the key light off the subject Lillian Gish to create a silhouette while illuminating Robert Mitchum in the background. This plays off the conventional association of light with good and darkness with evil.
Lee ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Score[ edit ] The film's scorecomposed and arranged by Walter Schumann in close association with Laughton, features a combination of nostalgic and expressionistic orchestral passages.
A recurring musical device involves the preacher making his presence known by singing the traditional hymn " Leaning on the Everlasting Arms ". Mitchum also recorded the soundtrack version of the hymn.
Grubb had to be carried through by Mr. Laughton to a finish—and it is here that he goes wrong. For the evolution of the melodrama, after the threatened, frightened children flee home, angles off into that allegorical contrast of the forces of Evil and Good.Film Noir (The Night of The Hunter), Upstairs at the Western70 Western Road, LE30GA Leicester, United Kingdom, Leicester, United Kingdom.
Wed Dec 05 at pm, Rooted in German cinema and labelled by the French, film noir (dark film) is one of America’s most stylish and enduring cultural ex. Apr 30, · Director Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter is a unique horror film, if it is one at all – its mise-en-scène and bombastic, archetypal Robert Mitchum performance as the deranged Preacher Powell has its roots in the intergenerational Southern Gothic folktales and dark fables mined to scare the shit out of kids – generating its.
The Night of the Hunter is based on the novel The Night of the Hunter by Davis Grubb, which draws from the true story of Harry Powers who was hanged in for the murders of two widows and three children in Clarksburg, West Virginia.
The English actor and director, Charles Laughton, was the director of the film (“The Night”). THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is so unique and brilliant, that one can only wish that Laughton had turned his hand to directing again.
Perhaps he had only one film in him. Perhaps he had the potential to make other films just as marvelous and unforgettable. Oct 20, · “’Night of the Hunter’ is the film from my youth that really opened the door,” Green said. “That was a stepping stone into the more gratuitous genre horror.
Jan 01, · Movie The Night Of The Hunter A sinister crook posing as a preacher pursues two children for the secret they are privy to of the location of a cache of 5/5.