When: Fri., June 29 2012
"Chiiiiiiilllllldreeennnnn..." A pair of vastly different but equally intense films from the 1950s runs as a classic double feature for the next week. First up is 1955's Night of the Hunter, the only directorial effort from acclaimed actor Charles Laughton. Though the word "iconic" is overused, it's difficult to find another way to describe Robert Mitchum's performance as a smooth-talking con posing as a preacher who menaces a family. With his sleek suit and "LOVE/HATE" tattoos on his knuckles, Mitchum is a seductive force of pure evil in a tale that captures the warped reality of a nightmare. The film bombed on its initial release, but subsequent decades have proven its enduring influence, and it was included on the National Film Registry in 1992.
The Night of the Hunter is paired with 1956's The Killing (not to be confused with the painfully bad AMC remake of the Danish TV series), Stanley Kubrick's intense crime film about a race track robbery told in nonchronological order as the double-crosses set in and the tension ramps up. Co-written by the great crime novelist Jim Thompson, it's a lean-but-mean tale that kicked off Kubrick's run as one of cinema's most complex directors. Tickets are $8.50, or $6.50 for matinees. The films run through July 5. —Zack Smith