Tuesday, 14 January 2014
First movie of the year was Night of the Hunter, a Southern Gothic masterpiece from 1955 and well worth turning out for on a cold, wet afternoon. The BFI lists it, bizarrely, as one of the top 10 films you should see by the time you're 14, which is several decades too late for me - and at 14, I'd have much preferred a rom-com. Now I can appreciate the superb black and white photography, Robert Mitchum as a sinister preacher and Lilian Gish, who could have stepped straight out of a silent movie. Reviews here and here. BFI until Feb 6.