Ford On Film

Chronicles of a silver screen addict

Cinema Is Art: The Night of the Hunter (1955)

In Cinema Is Art, I pay tribute to some of the most beautifully shot films in history by selecting their very best looking frames.

Though sixty one years old now, The Night of the Hunter shows no signs of aging. One of the creepiest films ever made, Charles Laughton’s disturbing horror film follows two young orphans as they go on the run from the murderous preacher Harry Powell. Played by Robert Mitchum in the greatest performance of his career, Powell is a terrifying creation filmed like a silent movie villain. The Night of the Hunter mixes the very real horrors of murder and torment with a fairy tale quality, mixing German Expressionism sets with lyrical journeys down river. Beautifully shot and excellent directed, The Night of the Hunter continues to seduce and unnerve in equal measure.

Here are fifteen of the most beautiful stills from The Night of the Hunter:

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By Harry J. Ford

 

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