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Work in Progress.
The Night of the Hunter is a theatre piece inspired by and adapted from the
1955 thriller film directed by Charles Laughton and starring Robert Mitchum,
Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. The play will incorporate cinematic elements
and expressionistic set.
The film is based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Davis Grubb, adapted
for the screen by James Agee and Laughton. Its plot focuses on a corrupt
reverend-turned-serial killer who uses his charms to woo an unsuspecting widow
and her two children in an attempt to steal a fortune hidden by the woman's
dead husband. The novel and film draw on the true story of Harry Powers,
hanged in 1932 for the murders of two widows and three children in Clarksburg,
The film's lyric and expressionistic style sets it apart from other Hollywood films
of the 1940s and 1950s, and it has influenced later directors such as David Lynch,
Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, Jim Jarmusch, the Coen brothers, Rob Zombie
and Spike Lee.
In 1992, The Night of the Hunter was deemed "culturally, historically, or
aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and was selected
for preservation in its National Film Registry.