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18th James River Film Festival: “The Night of the Hunter”

Sunday, April 10, 9:00 p.m., VCU Grace Street Theatre, Admission $7/$5 JRFS Members

The Night of the Hunter (dir: Charles Laughton, 1955, 93 min., b&w, 35mm) with reading and introduction by film critic and author Peter Schilling!

Though not truly film noir, Charles Laughton’s The Night of the Hunter uses the moody lighting and expressionistic camerawork of noir perfectly. Based on Davis Grubb’s gothic fable about a pair of children chased across the South by the maniacal Preacher (Robert Mitchum, who was never better), Night of the Hunter is a tense classic, a devastating portrayal of spiritual, as well as physical, murder. Minneapolis film critic and author Peter Schilling Jr. will read from Davis’ underappreciated novel and offer some insight into this strange masterpiece.

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