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Festivale online magazine, March, 1998
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil movie review
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A young writer (John Cusack) is sent to Savannah to cover a prestigious Christmas party. He ends up covering the murder trial of it's host (Kevin Spacey), and in the process discovering the eccentricities of the locals.

This film is peopled with an extraordinary group of characters, hopefully drawn from real-life characters in America's south. One character, in fact, was judged so extraordinary that it is played by the real-life person.

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In order to make the film a great deal of changes had to be made, especially telescoping the time span into something more manageable and 'dramatic'. Sigh, it is another 'BOTS ' story, but in this case it offers the audience a look at a foreign culture, one where phantom dogs are walked daily and live dogs are revered as demi-gods, a cult of wealth and personality.

Midnight has a strong sense of place, in this case Savannah -- it is a world of excess and unkept secrets, of myths and legends and voodoo and debutante balls.

Cusack , as I've said before, has an interesting taste in roles, and you can usually depend on him to be part of something unusual. Midnight is best experienced and enjoyed, so don't bother with the reviews -- just go.

About the DVD:
The DVD edition of Midnight has conformed to the unfortunate habit of putting a soundbite of the musical theme on an infinite loop when the main menu appears. After several minutes the moody wail becomes as attractive and fingernails on a blackboard. The song becomes so annoying that afterwards one can never sit through the opening credits again.

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Title: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Written by: based on the novel by John Berendt
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
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The Players: Kevin Spacey, John Cusack, Jude Law, Jack Thompson, Alison Eastwood
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