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The AFI Silver’s tribute to Robert Mitchum continues with a dreamlike 1955 thriller, The Night of the Hunter, that gave the actor one of his most iconic roles. Mitchum stars as an ex-con who poses as a preacher in order to sweet talk a seemingly helpless widow (screen legend Shelley Winters) out of the $10,000 her bank-robbing husband hid before he was executed. With the words “LOVE” and “HATE” tattooed across his fingers, Mitchum’s charismatic performance created one of those rarefied cinema villains who has earned pop culture immortality in a Simpsons episode. In his sole credit as a director, actor Charles Laughton adapted Davis Grubb’s Southern Gothic novel of the same name, inspired by the true story of a lonely hearts killer who murdered two widows and three children in West Virginia in 1931. The Night of the Hunter was a critical and commercial failure upon its release, but, fortunately for viewers, it has since become one of the most beloved movies of its era. Read more>>> The film screens at 3 p.m. and 9:15 pm. at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $8–$13. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Pat Padua)
OH AND ALSO
The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage presents a new performance work from nonprofit arts organization Dance Exchange that explores the intersections of performance, prayer, and protest. 6 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. Free.
Groundbreaking British DJ, musician, and producer LTJ Bukem performs at Flash. 9 p.m. at 645 Florida Ave. NW. $10–$20.
Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon, an exhibition exploring the life of the founding father that features the dueling pistol that ended his life, continues its run at the National Postal Museum. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free.
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