The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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Well, I just watched it, loved the cinematography, but didn't see why anyone would like the story and the acting (except for Robert Mitchum's, which was great). So I read a few reviews, and I stumbled upon Ebert's review, in which he stated you should regard this movie as a kind of a nightmare, not as an attempt to represent a realistic, existing world.
An interesting point of view, which makes the plot much more agreeable. So, for now: 7/10, but I should watch again to make sure.
I'll never ever be able to understand the unremittingly harsh backlash this movie receives.
Take a movie like "Interstellar" with such nauseatingly lachrymose lines of dialogue like: "Love is the one thing we're capable of perceiving that transcends time and space," and everyone ejaculates semen buckshot in their pants and never questions its authenticity but take a movie with some of the most stark and poetic photography ever and some of the most unforgettable scenes and characters and everyone thumbs their noses at it like they have some kind of axe to grind.
Truly, truly disheartening...
The cinematography is just great. Every scene is beautifully created and shot. Fantastic job on the camerawork and the lighting is stunning.
The scene in the boat where the girl is singing, was my absolute favorite. Perfect in every way!
Also Robert Mitchum delivers a solid performance.
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This movie ranks #2 in Cahiers du cinéma 100
This movie ranks #6 in Roger Ebert: the great movies
This movie ranks #14 in Spike Lee's Essential Film List
This movie ranks #15 in Film-noir
This movie ranks #34 in AFI's 100 years...100 thrills
This movie ranks #38 in Taschen 100 All-time favorite movies
This movie ranks #39 in François Truffaut's The Films of My Life
This movie ranks #39 in Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
This movie ranks #43 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #53 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #66 in Best Of Rotten Tomatoes
This movie ranks #71 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #90 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #91 in 500 Essential Cult Movies
This movie ranks #93 in TSPDT 100 Essential Noir Films
This movie ranks #113 in Fantasy Cinema: Impossible Worlds on Screen
This movie ranks #173 in 366 Weird Movies (Certified Weird)
This movie ranks #176 in They Shoot Zombies, Don't They?
This movie ranks #221 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #244 in The British Film Institute: 360 Classics
This movie ranks #292 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #363 in 501 Must See Movies
This movie ranks #389 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films
This movie ranks #504 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #608 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #621 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #631 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #653 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life