Night of the Hunter tells the adventure of Harry Powell, a arduous con man who thinks he is accomplishing the lords behest by ridding women of their amiss desires. Harry spends the aggregate of the adventure admiring a widow, Willa, to acquisition out area her backward bedmate hid ten thousand dollars afore died. Willa doesn’t apperceive but her two children, John and Pearl, know, and are befitting the abstruse from Harry. Night of the Hunter is a noirish, daydream told from a child’s perspective, and the absolute anecdotal is told application opposing forces, Love and hate, accouchement and adults, and acceptable and evil. Laughton forth with Director of Photography, Stanley Cortez, use their choices in lighting to analyze the acceptable and angry armament in a child’s daydream area adults, are either evil, or acquiesce the accouchement to be harmed.
The films accountable amount deals with abrupt contrasts, as mentioned above, a lot of specifically, acceptable and evil, and the mise-en-scen mimics this. John, Pearl and Mrs. Cooper are apparent as innocent and good, and are portrayed that way, in softer, added by itself searching light, while Powell, who is apparent as angry is generally apparent in harsh, or low key lighting or as a contour or shadow.
The aboriginal arena amid John, Pearl, and Powell occurs at night, if John is in bed with Pearl cogent her a story. The autogenous of the bedchamber is lit with easygoing lighting advancing through the bedchamber window agreement caliginosity on the room. John stands in the ablaze animated through as if it were a spotlight, if Powell walks in foreground of the ablaze antecedent casting an apocalyptic adumbration into the allowance as he does into the children’s lives. This contour accompanying with the anxiety account acutely defines the accouchement as acceptable and Powell as angry even admitting he is a declared man of god.
Mrs. Cooper is the alone developed in the blur who is absolutely good, who does not facilitate in some way the children’s ache by Powell. If Laughton introduces Mrs. Cooper the camera tilts advancement from her shoes to her face. She is apparent in added accustomed key lighting to accord the admirers a favorable consequence of her. The admirers is declared to realize, as are the accouchement that this woman is on their side. During Mrs. Coopers’ final battle with Powell, the exoteric of the abode is attempt in easygoing lighting with Powell afresh apparent alone as a silhouette. A cut to the central of the abode shows John is lit with three point lighting in a ambience with a pitched roof evocative of the annihilation arena with Willa. This emphasizes the religious capacity in the cine and the adverse of acceptable and evil. While Powell thinks himself a man of god, it is the accouchement who are the authentic at affection and are portrayed in favorable light, while Powell lurks in caliginosity the absolute film.
As Powell sings a religious aria alfresco Mrs. Cooper is central blockage up. She is at aboriginal apparent in contour as a contour but the abutting up of her shows her in softer, three point lighting while Powell continues to sing getting lit by acrid ablaze authoritative alone his face almost visible. It is this arena that is conceivably the best archetype of the adverse of acceptable and evil. While Powell in the caliginosity sings his song insincerely, Mrs. Cooper, who is films alone archetype of developed advantage sings the alto allotment of the aria with the centermost candor.