“It's unlike anything else before and since. And that is why this strident psychological horror stands up now as one of the great pieces of American genre cinema.” - Wendy Ide, Times UK
“A film without precedents, and without any real equals.” - David Kehr, Chicago Reader
October 1 & 5 | A revered actor of the stage and screen, Laughton won an Academy Award for THE PRIVATE LIFE OF HENRY VIII and generated accolades for his versatility in roles like Captain Bligh in MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY and Quasimodo in THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. In THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, Robert Mitchum plays arguably one of the most terrifying on-screen villains, Reverend Harry Powell, a murdering grifter who marries a widow in order to rob her. Now considered an expressionistic film noir masterpiece, the film was a critical and financial failure upon its release, with the UK Times declaring, “Mr. Laughton is a highly intelligent man, nothing that he does is without interest. THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is indeed none the less interesting for being a failure.” Laughton was devastated by the reception and never directed another film again.
One and Done Series: In One and Done we consider the work of gifted filmmakers who, for myriad reasons, never directed another feature film again, and invite audiences to appreciate the rarity while imagining what might have been. View full series.
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