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Wise Blood

John Huston

 
Wise Blood (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1979
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #470

In this acclaimed adaptation of the first novel by legendary Southern writer Flannery O’Connor, John Huston vividly brings to life her poetic world of American eccentricity. Brad Dourif, in an impassioned performance, is Hazel Motes, who, fresh out of the army, attempts to open the first Church Without Christ in the small town of Taulkinham. Populated with inspired performances that seem to spring right from O’Connor’s pages, Huston’s Wise Blood is an incisive portrait of spirituality and Evangelicalism, and a faithful, loving evocation of a writer’s vision.

Cast

Hazel Motes Brad Dourif
Hoover ShoatesNed Beatty
Asa HawksHarry Dean Stanton
Enoch Emory Dan Shor
Sabbath LilyAmy Wright
LandladyMary Nell Santacroce
PreacherWilliam Hickey
Grandfather John Huston

Credits

DirectorJohn Huston
From the novel byFlannery O’Connor
ProducerMichael Fitzgerald and Kathy Fitzgerald
Assistant directorTom Shaw
Associate producerHans Brockmann
MusicAlex North
EditingRoberto Silvi
ScreenplayBenedict Fitzgerald and Michael Fitzgerald
CinematographyGerry Fisher and B.S.C.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • New interviews with actor Brad Dourif, writer Benedict Fitzgerald, and writer-producer Michael Fitzgerald
  • Rare archival audio recording of author Flannery O’Connor reading her short story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
  • A 28-minute episode of the television program Creativity with Bill Moyers from 1982, featuring John Huston discussing his life and work
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by author Francine Prose

    New cover by Josh Cochran

Film Essays

Wise Blood: A Matter of Life and Death

By Francine Prose May 11, 2009

Novelists learn not to expect too much when their books are made into movies. Obviously, great fiction has been turned into great cinema, but the dents and scrapes that so many classics have . . . Read more »

A WISE READ

June 02, 2009

If you’ve seen John Huston’s wild Wise Blood, then you might want to know more about Flannery O’Connor, from whose debut novel the film is faithfully adapted. A good place to start would be Brad . . . Read more »


Clippings

PRESS NOTES: BLOODY GOOD

May 20, 2009

It was going to take a wise man indeed to adapt Flannery O’Connor’s Wise Blood, and as always John Huston was up to the literary challenge. According to critics, the translation is a rousing . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Wise Blood: A Matter of Life and Death

By Francine Prose May 11, 2009

Novelists learn not to expect too much when their books are made into movies. Obviously, great fiction has been turned into great cinema, but the dents and scrapes that so many classics have . . . Read more »