John Huston’s Wise Blood (1980) : On Southern prophets and con men

  • Author(s): Anne-Marie Paquet-Deyris
  • When: 2015-07
  • Where: Mise Au Point, Cahiers de l’Afeccav
  • Literally framing “Hazel the desperate believer” (Tarantino, 15) in Wise Blood, John Huston inscribes on screen with surprising restraint O’Connor’s Gothic South of religious hysteria. His documentary-like but also paranoid capture retains the same strange and humorous quality as that of the Catholic author of the source novel. How then is it captured on screen by a self-proclaimed non-believer ? And which kind of strange unenlightened prophets and con men does the filmic narrative bring to the fore ?

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