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The Night of the Hunter
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, and the Preacher, a silhouetted threat on the horizon.
Paperback, 79 pages
Published January 26th 2001 by British Film Institute
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Actor Simon Callow’s book, part of the excellent British Film Institute series, gives a comprehensive presentation of the American film classic “Night of the Hunter,” the only movie directed by actor Charles Laughton, from its origins as a book by Davis Grubb to its lukewarm initial reception and eventual recognition. I once read a review that said there were more ideas in this one movie than some directors come up with in an entire career. Callow presents the film as a collaborative effort with ...more
The best thing I've read lately has been *Night of the Hunter.* Now I can see where the great movie came from. My enjoyment and understanding of the film was greatly enhanced by Simon Callow’s enlightening bio of the film: The Night of the Hunter (BFI Film Classics)