In this acclaimed adaptation of the novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O’Connor, John Huston brings to life a world of vivid, poetic American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an impassioned performance, is Hazel Motes, who, fresh out of the army, attempts to open the Church Without Christ.
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One great gift of the counterculture was these tremendous loose-limbed shaggy dog movies of the 1970s (this one arriving at the tail end). Just so happens to be an adaptation of one of my very favorite novels (American or otherwise). And adapted by John Huston (his era's great literary adapter par excellence). Also: don't think that any other literary character has been so well embodied as is Hazel Motes by Dourif.
This is an excellent adaptation of Flannery O' Connor's brilliant novel that shows the absurdity of religion in the deep South. Everyone in this film is brilliant and Huston keeps O'Connor's vision alive and kicking.
A competent adaptation albeit one that doesn't offer much to compliment O'Connor's text. The actors deliver appropriately weird performances and the shooting locations are great, but Huston doesn't demonstrate much else as a director that makes me believe his vision matched the literary titan's. The cinematography, editing, sound design and pretty much everything else he was responsible for is entirely average.
Another good adaptation of a renowned novel by John Huston. Unfortunately, if one excepts the superb performance of the actors, there is little left to remember here. The mise-en-scene is also very classic and never innovative. Too bad. Recommended to Huston's completists or to those of you interested in the sociological study of the American Deep South of the early 50's.
Love the acting, love the score. But where does all this go ? Is Huston mocking America with all its phoney preachers ? Is religion mostly about selling and advertising ? Well the Sayles brothers showed it already and way better. Did not feel much emotion whatsoever for this tale of losers.