Story | Jan 27, 2015 | 8:27 AM
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Story | Jan 27, 2015 | 8:21 AMIn the opening moments of Charles Laughton’s meandering parable of good versus evil, we are introduced to a world of unabated desires desperately in need of self-control. Self-appointed preacher—and serial killer—Harry Powell (played by the dizzyingly handsome Robert Mitchum) is on the run after committing a murder and stops to take in a burlesque show. The preacher quickly becomes aroused, and reacts violently—first by clenching his fist (emblazoned with “HATE”; his other hand says “LOVE”) but then by forcefully opening his switchblade, which rips through his jacket and protrudes into the air. He is undoubtedly popping a boner here (an early draft had the knife rip through Powell’s pants), and Powell, disgusted by his sexual urges, reroutes that energy into deception and murder over the next 90 minutes or so.
Story | Jan 23, 2015 | 3:46 PM
Story | Dec 18, 2014 | 9:05 AM
'Laura,' a smirking class satire masquerading as a film noir, plays at the Charles tomorrow and Monday
Story | Dec 19, 2014 | 12:24 PM