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Wise Blood [DVD] [Criterion Collection]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • From the "The Maltese Falcon" to the "The Dead," filmmaker John Huston created provocative adaptations of stories and novels -- and "Wise Blood" is considered to be among his most daring. An unusual blend of absurd comedy and Gothic drama, this tale comes from the imagination of writer Flannery O'Connor. It focuses on a Hazel, a youthful veteran of the Second World War. Hazel returns to his Southern roots, only to find his parents' home boarded up. In search of spiritual meaning, he exchanges his soldier's uniform for preacher garb and heads for the city. There, this grandson of a boisterous zealot meets a variety of folk who gradually form a flock. These colorful types later exemplify spiritual beliefs that range from devout to obsessed. Or their religiosity might be an avenue for con artistry.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1809

  • Credits
    John Huston, Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stanton, Mary Nell Santacroce, Brad Dourif, Dan Shor, Amy Wright, Ned Beatty
  • Critic Reviews
    "...One of John Huston's most original, most stunning movies. It's so eccentric, so funny, so surprising and so haunting that it is difficult to believe it is not the first film of some enfant terrible..."
    New York Times

    Included in the New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1980"
    New York Times

    "It's a story that seeks to reconcile extremes without changing them, or losing the harshness of their clash." -- Grade: B+
    A.V. Club

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