Winter Nights at the IMA: The Night of the Hunter

Friday nights in January and February, mark your calendars for the 2013 Winter Nights Film Series at the IMA. The series theme this year is the visual feast: "eight films known for their eye-popping art direction, sumptuous costumes or gorgeous cinematography."

The word unique is over-used these days, but it is truly the only word to describe the lyrical and expressionist THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER, the only film directed by Charles Laughton. Robert Mitchum stars as a dangerous drifter, Shelley Winters plays the lonely widow he ensnares, and silent screen legend Lillian Gish gives a memorable supporting performance as the redoubtable old lady who gives shelter to the widow's two young children. A critical and commercial failure on its initial release, NIGHT OF THE HUNTER is now widely regarded as one of the best films of the 1950s.

The movie starts at 7 in the Toby theater. We'll meet for dinner at 6 in the museum's Nourish Cafe (off the main lobby next to the gift shop; we generally grab one of the big tables in the middle). If you can't make it before showtime, look for us in the Toby lobby after the movie as we gather for some good post-movie discussion.

TICKETS AND PARKING: The IMA is located at the northwest corner of 38th St and Michigan Rd on the near west side. Tickets are $9/ $5 for IMA members and can be purchased, at the museum or online, in advance or on the evening of. A series pass is $63/ $35 for IMA members. Paid parking is available in the main surface lot and the garage for $5/ free for IMA members. There's free parking in the smaller lots located by the Michigan Rd entrance. More details at the museum's page for the series.

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  • Jackie

    I'm still in. I'm in Broad Ripple if anyone wants to carpool. & I get free garage parking at the IMA!

    February 22, 2013

    • Jackie

      Yes, that'd be great! Send me an email, [masked], & I'll send you my address.

      February 22, 2013

    • Julie

      wrote you, 545 ok?

      February 22, 2013

  • Thomas M.

    The condition of 69 is a concerns and the (re) freezing, primarily. I will try, coming from muncie

    February 22, 2013

  • Brian M.

    Unfortunately, I can't make it. It isn't so much the ice and snow, but I can't afford the ticket price and attempts made by me to gather up the loot have been dismal failures. It's too bad because "Night of the Hunter" is one of my all-time favorite movies and I would have loved to see it on a big screen. Just not in the cards this time, alas.

    February 22, 2013

  • Julie

    Thanks for reminding me Helen!

    February 22, 2013

  • Kimberly Trader V.

    No ice for me, thanks. Sigh. Trying again soon. Cheers!

    February 22, 2013

  • mohit

    cant make it have been under the weather last few days

    February 21, 2013

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