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The Night of the Hunter (Best Scene)- Duality of Good and Evil

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Uploaded on Jan 4, 2012

This scene is the standoff between Rachel Cooper (Lillian Gish) and "Preacher/Reverend" Harry Powell--the ex-con (Robert Mitchum).
Clip from legendary actor Charles Laughton's only film directing effort: 'Night of the Hunter' (1955) - Hymn: 'Leaning on The Everlasting Arms.'

The Night of the Hunter was a collaboration of Charles Laughton and screenwriter James Agee. Laughton drew on the harsh, angular look of German expressionist films of the 1920s.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0048424/

The film was shot in black and white in the styles and motifs of German Expressionism (bizarre shadows, stylized dialogue, distorted perspectives, surreal sets, odd camera angles) to create a simplified and disturbing mood that reflects the sinister character of Powell, the nightmarish fears of the children, and the sweetness of their savior Rachel.

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.




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Love & Hate (Robert Mitchum) - The Night Of The Hunter - Charles Laughton - 1955

Rachel Cooper: It's a hard world for little things.
Rev. Harry Powell: Salvation is a last-minute business, boy.
Rachel Cooper: I'm a strong tree with branches for many birds. I'm good for something in this world and I know it too.
Rachel Cooper: You know, when you're little, you have more endurance than God is ever to grant you again. Children are man at his strongest. They abide.
Cast Robert Mitchum as Reverend Harry Powell Shelley Winters as Willa Harper Lillian Gish as Rachel Cooper Billy Chapin as John Harper Sally Jane Bruce as Pearl Harper James Gleason as Uncle "Birdie" Steptoe Evelyn Varden as Icey Spoon, Willa's employer Don Beddoe as Walt Spoon, Icey's husband Peter Graves as Ben Harper Gloria Castillo as Ruby, one of Rachel's girls Paul Bryar as Bart the Hangman

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