"[A] nightmarish sort of Mother Goose tale"
are the words Charles Laughton used to describe the only film he directed, The Night of the Hunter
(1955). Although James Agee is credited with helping to write the script
, most critics agree that Laughton discarded Agee's effort for his own interpretation
of the novel on which the movie is based. A fascinating series of rushes survive from the making of the film
, showing Laughton's rapport with the actors and his own interpretations of the characters. In 2003 a detailed description of the making of the film
was published as Heaven and Hell to Play With
on the movie. Margaret Atwood
on the movie.