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.