Monday, 9 November 2009

Night Of The Hunter 'Charles Laughton'

For the last few films, I've felt pretty skeptical, perhaps it's the black and white genre that's making me judgmentental, but I must admit I've been pleasently surprised with them, and 'Night Of The Hunter' isn't any different...with a huge fan following it was easy to see that this was an instant classic















With the begining sequence starting with a blurred, dreamlike monologue the film itself came across to me as a very theatrical peice that could instantly be adapted to a theatre, for instance, the charcters seem to have a tendancy too look off into the distance and talk...as if to an actual audience...

Other aspects of the film that portray the theatrical senses are the scenery, which has a manufactured aspect, i.e from cardboard almost, and a strong use of silhouette's and props, defining the area and it's surrounding... another aspect would be the constant music and sound effects,...which crosses between diagetic, to non-diagetic a theme commonly used in theatre...

One scene in particular that stuck out in particular was the whole chase scence where the preacher was searching for the two children, especially the point when they take shelter in the barn, and along the horizon the precher is in sight, felt to me as a really surreal moment, witht the strong contrast of light and dark, as well as sepia tone light in the background, seemed to differ from reality slightly, and capture a real suspensful atmosphere in comparison to some of the film which seemed quite comical to us, as an audience of a different time period, but at the time was quite contextual, i.e, the village that was easily turned into a preaching, lord loving haven, as well as the fast paced begining, with the whole marriage aspect...which was quickly manipulated by the 'preacher' himself

These are some of the scene's that I felt had a great sense of dark and light...
















































All in all this film to me seemed to make more sense as a theatre production, as opposed to a film, but either way it does a great job a catching suspense through both the characters, and the lighting...

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