The Union Recorder

May 14, 2012

Author marks 60th anniversary of ‘Wise Blood’ film at Andalusia

The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The Flannery O'Connor-Andalusia Foundation will sponsor a presentation Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Andalusia by William Walsh on the filming of “Wise Blood” in 1979 by John Huston.  

Walsh is a photographer and the author of several books, including “David Bottoms: Critical Essays and Interviews” (McFarland, 2010). His current project is “In Search of Taulkinham: Flannery O'Connor, John Huston, and Wise Blood.” His essay by the same title appeared in the Flannery O'Connor Review, Volume 9 (Georgia College, 2011), along with a collection of photographs from the filming of “Wise Blood” in Macon.  

Today marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of Flannery O'Connor's first novel, “Wise Blood.” Huston's film adaptation stars Brad Dourif as Hazel Motes, who, fresh out of the army, attempts to open the first Church Without Christ.  The screenplay was written by Michael and Benedict Fitzgerald, sons of Robert and Sally Fitzgerald, with whom Flannery O'Connor lived for a brief time in Connecticut before returning to Milledgeville for the last thirteen years of her life.

The Criterion Collection released the movie on DVD in 2009, and it includes an audio recording of Flannery O'Connor reading her short story "A Good Man Is Hard to Find." The “Wise Blood” DVD is available in the gift shop at Andalusia for $39.95.