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The Night of the Hunter (rewatch)

Posted by martinteller on November 29, 2010

One of the most dreamlike of noirs, and surely not by accident… note the repeated, prominent references to dreams and sleep.  The film almost has the air of a fairy tale and is strikingly surreal and modern for 1955.  It’s been a while since I’ve watched this movie and I’d forgotten how bizarre it is.  The odd rhythms, extremely dramatic lighting, Mitchum’s howls, the use of music… the whole thing just transports you to this nightmarish slumberland.  I’ve also warmed up to the Lillian Gish section, taking special notice this time of the similarities between Gloria Castillo (Ruby) and Shelley Winters, and other ways in which it beautifully ties in with the earlier parts of the film.  While it’s not perfect — Billy Chapin is kind of a dud, and I thought Winters was underused — it’s pretty damn close.  Rating: 9

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