Film

Beyond the Canon: Body and Soul + The Night of the Hunter

 
 
Sat, Oct 13, 2018
  • 4:30PM
 
 
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+  Body and Soul screens first, followed by The Night of the Hunter.
 
 
 
 
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Body and Soul

Dir. Oscar Micheaux
With Paul Robeson, Mercedes Gilbert, Julia Theresa Russell
1925, 93min, DCP

 

Pioneering black auteur Oscar Micheaux—the most successful producer of the so-called “race films” made for African-American audiences in the early 20th century—directs Paul Robeson in his film debut. The iconic activist and entertainer is electrifying in a double role as both a villainous fugitive passing as a preacher and his honorable twin brother. What plays out is a taboo-shattering melodrama that courted controversy for its frank critique of religious hypocrisy.

 
The Night of the Hunter

Dir. Charles Laughton
With Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Lillian Gish
1955, 93min, 35mm

 

Perhaps the greatest one-off film of all time, Charles Laughton’s sole directorial effort is a child’s-eye parable of good versus evil. Robert Mitchum is iconically sinister as the charlatan preacher who visits violence upon a widow and her two children, whom he believes are concealing a stash of stolen money. A sinister fairy tale etched in expressionist chiaroscuro, The Night of the Hunter is an all-American masterpiece of almost folkloric power.

 
 
 
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