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The Night of the Hunter: A Biography of a Film

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Reaching simultaneously into the realms of film and literature, this detailed exploration of The Night of the Hunter examines the genesis and the eclectic form of each work and the process of transformation by which the novel became a motion picture. It provides the first major study of the long-lost first-draft screenplay by James Agee and confronts a fifty-year controver ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 12th 2009 by Northwestern University Press
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Andrew
Sep 21, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: film, criticism, history
Basically a masters thesis. I found the first half of the book very interesting towards the middle I think it became bogged down in Couchman's cheerleading. NOTH is a good movie, but it is not perfect and really is mostly interesting and surprising the first time through, but Couchman suggests that every decision that went into the movie was an act of genius. Reading the critical analysis at the movie's original run was interesting, but Couchman is so quick to dismiss their negativity. Is that c ...more
Dan Kelly
A bit dry in parts, but an nicely detailed look at one of cinema's greatest films. Couchman does a good job dissecting single-time director Charles Laughton's approach to filmmaking—which raises the sad questions about what might have been if the film had been a success in its time. I had no idea Laughton was tapped (at first) to direct the adaptation of Norman Mailer's "The Naked and the Dead" as his second film. It never came to be, of course, but, again, what if...?
Raquel
Jun 16, 2010 Raquel rated it it was amazing
Meaty, thorough and challenging. A full-course meal for any classic film lover. Watch http://outofthepastcfb.blogspot.com for my full review.
Margot Jennifer
Apr 16, 2011 Margot Jennifer rated it liked it
A book about how a movie was filmed. Very interesting. Can't wait to see the actual flick.
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