Une oeuvre étonnante et plutôt juvénile, d'une texture ardue et complexe sous des apparences formelles et linéaires, d'une tranchante écriture à la fois riche et touffue, monastique et glaciale, qui se revoit plusieurs fois, pour en apprécier toute la folie dévastatrice, celle d'un être ébranlé, celle d'une société en doute, en quête d'apaisement et de stabilité. www.cinefiches.com
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.
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.
The strangest film directed by John Huston and definitely rivalling the strangest works of directors more intuitively associated with strangeness. Is it ineptly and confusedly stylized or uncompromisingly experimental? Hard to tell after one viewing. Many thematic peculiarities stuck though — especially the main characters concept of "Church Without Christ" and his eventual sacrifice.
Wise Blood Wise Blood is to the film world what Lone Justice was to the world of Rock & Roll: the greatest band no one ever heard of. Brad Dourif’s performance is over-the-top alright, over-the-top brilliant ! He has essentialized the character to the point of being otherworldly – wow, how ironic is that !
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.