Monday, 2 November 2009

The Night of the Hunter...



I really enjoyed this film, even though i was slightly bemused by some of the narrative and found it funny when it possibly should have been more serious. i found it hard to categorise this film into anyone genre, although felt i it was predominantely a thriller and film noir. it really reminded me of A Series of Misfortunate Events. I also thought the part in the cellar reminded me of a scene from Home Alone. But besides that, i was surprised with how much i enjoyed this film because there isn't anything really amazing, but i think the hybrid of genre, crossed with its narrative and cinematography really done this film some justice. It seems that reviewers and audiences, originally, praised the cinematography and Mitchum's performance, but The Night of the Hunter wasn't received well at all, to extent where it cost Charles Laughton's directorial career. Since then the film has become extremely well received and popular. it has since influenced many directors and has gone on to be the 71st greatest film in Empire Magizine's 500 greatest film's list.

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  1. Okay - some important tips re. the essay. What I DON'T want is 1,500 words of general observations about the 'look' of a game or film; what I'm looking for is some genuine research into the creative team/rationale behind the creation of a particular world (for instance, for Superman Returns, there was a conscious effort on behalf of the production designers to create an amalgamation of time periods, so that the film had a retro/contemporary quality that referenced the forties as well as the present day); another way to discuss the 'look' of a film/game in a contextualised way is to gather together lots of film/reviews and cross-reference the similarities between observations, as reviewers identify 'trends' and 'meanings' in the production design. I want you to actually 'deconstruct' the look of something in intellectual terms, and not just bang on about the obvious stuff - this should be your mantra - AVOID GENERIC OBSERVATIONS! Find an angle, support it with external evidence and PROVE your analysis... Obviously then, I'd choose something about which you can dig up the relevant information...

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