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James S. Williams

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780853235460

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313943

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Hijacking the Hunter: Duras's ‘La nuit du chasseur’

Hijacking the Hunter: Duras's ‘La nuit du chasseur’

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(p.61) Chapter 3 Hijacking the Hunter: Duras's ‘La nuit du chasseur’
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Revisioning Duras
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Catherine Rodgers

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853235460.003.0004

This chapter examines Marguerite Duras's 1980 article ‘La nuit du chasseur’, a somewhat eccentric but enlightening example of her film criticism in which she offers a critique of Charles Laughton's film The Night of the Hunter and commits a number of factual inaccuracies in the process. Moreover, Duras appears to be wholly unconcerned with the art of the film or its startling images, reminiscent of Molyan Mills's critique. Her analysis, saddled with factual mistakes, blind spots, and apparent disdain both for its biblical inspiration and its context, results in a singular falsification of The Night of the Hunter. Through her article, Duras effectively creates her own film out of Laughton's work.

Keywords:   Marguerite Duras, nuit du chasseur, film criticism, Charles Laughton, film, Night of Hunter, Molyan Mills

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