The Night of the Hunter
Charles Laughton (US 1955)
To get hold of stolen money a travelling preacher (Robert Mitchum) is trying to get close to a widow. But the biggest obstacles in his way are her children who see through his scheme and flee him. Charles Laughtons only directorial work is a dark fairy tale about good and evil, set in a surrealist American landscape, filmed as an expressionistic world of moonlight and shadows. A rare example of a film straight forward in character development and storytelling, but diving deep into the dark sides of humanity.
The screening (D: Charles Laughton, 92 min) in original language will be followed by a 60-minute analysis of chosen sequences.