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Wise Blood 1979 *****

John Huston’s later films as director show something of a return to form for the veteran; his 1979 adaptation of Flannery O’Connor’s novel pulls no punches in its satire of belief and religion. Brad Dourif plays Hazel Motes, who sets out to built a church of Christ without Christ.  Huston’s targets are clearly the funding and hypocrisy of modern religion, although there’s plenty of serio-comic diversions from his thesis involving a stolen mummy and a gorilla suit. Wise Blood’s attempts at profundity may still shock and offend, but Huston’s film is fearless and relentless in its appetite for social-satire.

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