Richmond – Bijou Screening of “Wise Blood” – Nov. 2 – $7 at the door

Over four days, Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 10 through Nov. 13 — in its screening room at 304 E. Broad St. — the Bijou Film Center will present “Wise Blood,” an absurd classic made by one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, John Huston.

 

Admission:$7. No advance tickets. (Bijou Film Center members admitted free to Thursday’s show)

Thursday show time: 7:15 p.m. Friday show times: 7:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m.

Saturday show times:  5 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 9:30 p.m..

Sunday show times: p.m. 3:45 p.m. 5 p.m.

 

“Wise Blood” (1979): 106 minutes. Color. Directed by John Huston. Cast: Brad Dourif, Harry Dean Stanton, John Huston, Amy Wright, Dan Shor.

 

Note: An adaptation of the Flannery O’Connor novel (her first), this film is about a self-styled street preacher’s twisted efforts to fit into a world of shadows and scams. This is one of those strange movies that makes you feel a little bit guilty for laughing, but you can’t help it. So if you haven’t seen this off-beat film, a refugee from the golden era of repertory cinema — the 1970s — do yourself a favor and take a chance.

Review: “O’Connor’s dazzling first novel tells the hilarious and disturbing tale of Hazel Motes, a young Georgia man whose obsession with God leads him to run from God as fast as he can, only to crash head-on into the wall of Jesus and religion. On the way to smashup, or redemption—depending on how you read the book—Hazel’s path crosses that of a phony blind preacher and his slut of a daughter, Sabbath Lily; of a kid fixated on a mummy in the local museum; of a guy in a gorilla suit; and of a scheming huckster by the name of Hoover Shoates. It may already be obvious that probably no one but [John] Huston would have agreed to make this picture.” — Francine Prose.

 

The trailer is here.

 

Beer, wine and soft drinks will be for sale for all of these screenings.