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Friday, April 21, 2017

Somewhere There's An Audience For Everything


Night Of The Hunter, Here's Your Public ...

Night Of The Hunter took the bobsled most places, but I bet not in Steubenville, where local filming fueled interest in Charles Laughton's horrific fairy tale. Nearby Moundsville as homeplace to source novelist Davis Grubb was help as well, for locals knew his name, if not the author himself. Movies with a backyard connection tend to play well in same backyard, even if they plunge elsewhere. For my NC neck of woods, it was Thunder Road, Redline 7000, The Flim-Flam Man, The Last American Hero, others I could name. Every bomb found its target somewhere. For Night Of The Hunter, it was playdates in southern Ohio and West Virginia vicinity. These folks got fun seeing if preacher Harry Powell might drive past a farm they knew. Here's guessing Night Of The Hunter did worlds better than upcoming Summertime with K. Hepburn ...

8 Comments:

Blogger Mike Cline said...

"It's a hard world for little things. They abide, and they endure."


"Chiiilll... dren!"


Very high on my all-time favorites list.

9:49 AM  
Blogger radiotelefonia said...

What? No Scope presentation? Here is a contemporary ad from Argentina not from Buenos Aires but Rosario, where it was premiered simultaneously in five theaters.

https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/46/0b/6e/460b6e4fe5ca1d0166c94f8202227a55.jpg

11:43 AM  
Blogger Stinky Fitzwizzle said...

Considering how bizarre and bleak this film was, it is not surprising 'Hunter' was a commercial failure. Yet Laughton and company have had the last laugh.

Stinky really likes novelist Davis Grubb, probably more than James Agee. Not saying Grubb is better, just more readable.

12:00 PM  
Blogger Reg Hartt said...

Some things I can't figure out. One is why critics slammed Laughton's direction of this film. Another is why it bombed. Did not know that until now. First time I saw it (by chance on TV late night) it scared the yell out of me.

2:25 PM  
Blogger Rick said...

It's a great, great film. And my candidate for best film ever by a one-time director.

5:48 PM  
Blogger merritt29 said...

As a West Virginian this is easily the best film about the Mountain State. The only other one that comes close would be John Sayles Matewan. That movie is more about the reality of the state but Night of the Hunter is full of authentic West Virginia settings and mood.

9:23 AM  
Blogger Mike Cline said...

radiotelefonia - Assuming Filmvision was an anamorphic process (is it?), NOTH wasn't shot in anamorphic.

10:44 AM  
Blogger kenneth Von Gunden said...

"The right hand...the hand of love."

I submit that the shot of Shelley Winters' long blonde hair drifting upward in a flow of water from the submerged automobile is one of the most unforgettable shots in film. If I remember nothing else I remember that shot. Well, the "H-A-T-E" and "L-O-V-E' referenced above also.

2:19 PM  

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