The 50 greatest debut movies: part six
Yes, it's our choice for the number one first film: Orson Welles fans can direct their complaints to the usual address...
1. The Night of the Hunter (1955)Directed by Charles LaughtonThe twisted vision of a tragic genius, never to be repeatedCan a director’s one and only film really be considered a debut? If we made a list of the 50 greatest swansongs, could ‘The Night of the Hunter’ head that list, as well? Frankly, yes. Of all the diverse bodies of directorial work in the long history of cinema, Laughton’s stands as perhaps the most flawless and untouchable: no second-movie jitters, no mid-period slump, no slide into doddery obsolescence. One perfect film, one singular statement, achieving more in 92 minutes than most directors manage in a lifetime.
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