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This is on of the finest movies ever made in any genre.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Night of the Hunter [DVD]  (DVD)
This is one of the finest movies ever made in any genre. If it doesn't transcend genre entirely. It is almost impossible to catagorise, as there are elements of many genres within it, including; horror, comedy, sentimental classic and crime. Laughton's direction, together with stanley cortez's cinematography, make this a feast of delights and eye candy that can go as far as to rival Orson Welles' Citizen Kane in his expansive use of technical innovations.
There are many fantastic scenes available within this classic but it is the children's trip down the river as they escape from Powell, one of the most encharting sequences in cinema, that sticks in the mind the longest. Frogs, rabbits, and even spiders look on, protect even, as the fairy-tale like drift down the river continues until the idyll is broken as they wake in the hayloft and hear the tones of Powell's singing.
It's a picture of utter, simpering mendacity driven by mitchum's delicious performance. There's been nothing like it on screen before or since.