Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1997Warner Bros., Malpaso Productions, Silver Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on the book by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Clint Eastwood, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .

Clint Eastwood’s drawn-out directorial style of film making is ill-suited to the Southern gothic atmosphere of this adaptation of John Berendt’s celebrated novel.   plays a Yankee writer visiting New Orleans who suddenly finds himself smack-dab in the middle of a murder investigation when a wealthy playboy () is accused of murdering his reckless young boyfriend (). The story is jam-packed with colourful characters and insanely decorative drawing rooms, but Eastwood’s camera finds them all so boring that viewers will feel the same, and by the time you reach the drawn-out courtroom scenes in the last third of the film your patience will have completely run out. Spacey’s performance is top-notch however, as is as a mysterious lady with more than a few secrets connected to the explosive case.

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