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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Year: 1997
Production Co: Malpaso Pictures
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Clint Eastwood
Producer: Clint Eastwood
Writer: John Lee Hancock
Cast: John Cusack, Kevin Spacey, Jack Thompson, Irma P Hall, Jude Law
Clint's sumptuous talent for directing was evident in this adaptation of the popular novel. The drooping vines, the Cajun, voodoo-ish soul and the other admittedly marketing-friendly aspects of the old money south were all beautifully brought to the screen with a real sense of texture and detail.

And the story was just as sensual. New York journalist Kelso (Cusack) arrives to write an article on local socialite Williams (Spacey). Befriending Williams, the reporter starts to appreciate the eccentricities of moneyed Louisiana through Williams' eye and guidance, from the grand old dame who waves her gun around at parties to the stately doorman walking his owners' invisible (dead) dog.

When Williams is murdered by his young gay lover (Law), Kelso is drawn even further into the web of intrigue that exists around the cloisters of the wealthy and the secrets they hide, including the expected love interest and the old, shamanistic voodoo queen.

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