Week 48: West Virginia (The Night of the Hunter)
Quote of Interest:
“It’s a hard world for little things.”–rachel cooper
Three words to describe this film/state: Murder and Manipulation
- Bart the Hangman (uncredited), played by Paul Bryar
- Burlesque Dancer (uncredited), played by Gloria Pall
Earring Inspo Character: Pearl Harper
Other Notes: The most interesting thing about this movie (to me) was that we saw something in it we’d seen in another state movie this year (New York’s Do the Right Thing). Apparently, the LOVE/HATE knuckles in Spike Lee’s film were an homage to The Night of the Hunter, a personal favorite of his. Pretty, pretty cool. Shot with play-like sets, this was a genuinely creepy movie. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, a hymn I sang in church growing up, will never be the same to me. The poor children in this film were terrorized and abused from start to finish. And that little Pearl’s round doll face as she guarded her own doll with her life…irresistible.
State Facts: https://www.factmonster.com/us/states/west-virginia
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