Night Of The Hunter Outtakes To Screen At UCLA

Written by Joe D on August 8th, 2008

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This Saturday August 9th UCLA will screen The Night Of The Hunter Outtakes at the Billy Wilder Theater. This material was donated to UCLA by Laughton’s widow, Elsa Lancaster (The Bride Of Frankenstein), Robert Gitt, retired head of Preservation restored the film and is presenting this screening. I’ve long been a fan of this film, Charles Laughton’s directorial debut and swansong, and this is a chance to see Laughton in action behind the camera, he kept it rolling as he directed actors between takes. Preston Neal Jones, author of the wonderful book Heaven And Hell To Play With, The Filming Of Night Of The Hunter has screened the footage and describes it in detail in his book. It just made me want to see it even more and now I have my chance. Besides I will look at any frame of celluloid that Robert Mitchum appears in. I’ll report back about the experience when I can.
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8 Comments so far ↓

  1. Aug
    9
    9:27
    AM
    Gloria

    AaaW! I WISH I WAS IN L.A.!!!

    (Please do enjoy the screening)

  2. Aug
    9
    9:34
    AM
    Joe D

    Gloria
    I will post about the screening, maybe they’ll make a DVD available of this material. If I get a chance I’ll ask Bob Gitt.
    JD

  3. Aug
    9
    11:26
    AM
    Gloria

    Hey Joe… Thanks! So far I have only read what people who have seen the outtakes have said… so I look forward to read your views on it.

    To have the outtakes released in DVD would be excellent! I proposed a campaign in my blog about releasing a “definitive” version of the DVD, and one of the dreams about an ideal DVD of “The Night of The Hunter” would be to have the Gitt-restored outtakes presented as an extra (preferably, accompanying UCLA’s own restored copy of the film, which I’ve heard is the best copy of the film in existence)

  4. Aug
    12
    7:34
    AM
    Bobby Timony

    Hi Joe!
    My mother pointed me to your blog. It looks pretty interesting. I really love that drawing!
    Bobby

  5. Mar
    18
    9:46
    PM
    Ryan Thompson

    I hope the outtakes made it on the Criterion DVD (issued December 2010)

  6. Mar
    19
    8:10
    AM
    Joe D

    I hope so, they are great.

  7. Apr
    25
    12:04
    PM
    Brenda

    That drawing above is amazing, who is the artist? Know where I can get a copy?

  8. Apr
    26
    2:39
    PM
    Joe D

    it’s by Rod Filbrandt,check out his blog Chowderheard Bazoo.

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