Searching For The Wrong-Eyed Jesus
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There may well have been a Wal-Mart a block away, but there's no place for such global-consumption-at-your-fingertips Generica in this flim. These nearly forgotten roads seem to be chosen more as a way to reinforce the boundaries from which White has chosen to view the world (and have the world view his music?) than for any realistic view of the South. It's scary to think this is what British people might now think of the South (if they didn't already).
I say this only because I live in a similarly sparsely-populated region way north of the Mason-Dixon - also dominated by poor, white, former democrat-now republican voting religious people with unique accents. Their ancestors found their way here when timber, mining, and shipping boomed. Not much has changed here in 70 years either.
I could drive through these ghost towns and back roads finding quirky people of various zealotries to put in a film too. I've certainly met plenty. But it wouldn't necessarily be an encompassing view of the region's people by any means. Most here and, I assume in the South as well, are far too normal and complicated for a film like this.
But - that said - maybe this film doesn't need to seek balance. They state early on that the goal of the film is to find the culture at the root of White's alt-country music - which is rural, white, poor, American. You can't really sing about bludgeoning a person to death standing in front of a display of X-Box consoles, now can you? Maybe the film finds that culture in all its glory and tragedy.Read more ›
But where does that leave the viewer? Well, it's not the real South with all of its complexities, but to be fair, that would take a series. Still, the parts that White offers up are real enough, and important to him, so I suggest you allow him his idiosyncracies, because he does entertain with some pretty fine music by some excellent folks you may not have even heard of. Cat Power, 16 Horsepower, The Handsome Family, to name a few, along with good story telling by the original literary wild man, Harry Crews. Accompanying many of the songs, are haunting film images that will hang with you.Read more ›
After I'd rented this movie, I knew I'd want to watch it repeatedly, so I bought it. I don't regret that decision, but the more I watch it, the more suspect the film, and its makers' intentions, become.
From the first, I knew that the film is profoundly inaccurate: to call this a mirror of the South, or a deep exploration of Southern culture, is about like saying the truth about New York City is found in the voodoo subculture of certain parts of Harlem.
But I thought that was probably a mistake of perspective, a matter of the filmmakers not knowing any better--and maybe getting taken for a ride by the Southerners. (That's something Southerners get a kick out of--pulling the legs of outsiders--and it's a well-developed, socially-prized art form.)
I have come to think, though, that some of the errors are just too glaring to be honest mistakes: For instance, the total absence of any reference to race, which is surely central to any story of the South, especially its religion. Or the film's completely omitting the fact that the religion portrayed in the movie is not only generally shunned, but held in contempt, by Southern evangelicals, who are the vast majority of religious people in the South.
Then there's that strange-looking old crippled guy who tells so many stories--like the confabulation about the Sears catalog.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderfully weird and twisted journey through the soul of the American South.Published 13 days ago by richtonsils
This is an amazing DVD. Not many of the people I know have seen it, so it is
always a treat to share it!
Really done well. Not any others like it.
All the flavour of the Deep South and a very evocative sound-track.Published 9 months ago by Chris Shaw
So Weird, So Cool. The music, the landscape, the people, the journey, the things that go bump in your mind. This isn't a drive down Park Avenue in New York. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Bootsy
A very enjoyable video, although I find it a little depressing that I live amongst the type of people that are shown on it.Published 13 months ago by okieinga