Scott Haze Appearing at COG Discussion in Macondo

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  • 22 Sep 2014 at 4:04 pm #5904

    Rick Wallach
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    Scott Haze will appear to screen and discuss his role in Child of God along with Justin Chang of Variety and Andres Solar, a local film critic, as part of the Speaking in Cinema series at the Miami Beach Cinemateque, 1130 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach on Wednesday evening, September 24 at 7 PM.

    I was invited to participate by one of the Cinemateque staff members who knows about my work on McCarthy, and I hope to get some good photos with which to regale you all on the morning after. This ought to be fun, though it probably won’t feel right without the pizza.


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    22 Sep 2014 at 9:26 pm #5905

    wesmorgan
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    Pizza? Horrors! I thought that you might indulge in something more fitting–some good Sevier County victuals. A meal that would make Scott Haze and Lester Ballard feel right at home. Maybe a can of beans and a can of vienna sausage cooked over an open fire (Child of God, pp. 101-102).

    Bon appetit.


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    23 Sep 2014 at 6:52 am #5910

    Driftwood70
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    Have a great time with the tribe! Look forward to those pics.


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    23 Sep 2014 at 12:13 pm #5912

    Glass
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    Uploading photos to the Internet? Whatever happened to your self-professed Luddite status? But please do regale away. Sounds like an interesting event.


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    23 Sep 2014 at 12:19 pm #5913

    Rick Wallach
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    Who said I was going to upload them? I’m going to send them to Marty.

    Wes – that was a clever allusion to the pizza orgy that Lou and Pierre arranged for the showing of Child of God at the Sydney conference. I do not believe that I had ever seen so many kinds of so much pizza in my entire life. I’m still not sure what was on some of those pies; an Aztec might have hesitated before eating them.


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    24 Sep 2014 at 9:24 pm #5914

    Rick Wallach
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    I just got back from the partial screening / discussion program. Scott Haze proves to be a good natured, eloquent gentleman who exhibits little of Lester’s feral paranoia. He was joined by Justin Chang, chief film critic for Variety, and Andres Solar, a local Macondo film critic. They screened a couple of short scenes from the film – the opening scene at the foreclosure sale, the discovery of the asphyxiated lovers in the car, the dress shop scene and Lester’s drag attempt to murder the landowner who either bought or sold his father’s land. It was an excellent discussion overall, but the things that stood out for me were Scott’s addressing the Faulkner-McCarthy relationship, the lack of input that actors – and sometime directors – often have when the studio suits take over the editing process. “If James didn’t finance that picture himself,” Scott said, “it never would have been made.” In response to a question I asked, the time it took him to get beyond the Lester persona he had spent months learning to inhabit. He was reluctant to discuss the chances of James Franco seeing through his desire to film Blood Meridian, saying only that “the passion is still there.”

    Scott also said that he shot the closing scenes from the novel – the heartbreaking “I think I’m supposed to be here,” and the commodification of Lester the medical school cadaver. They just weren’t used. When asked why, he just shrugged. “That was out of my control,” he said. I asked if there’d be a director’s cut some day. He was noncommittal but found the question amusing.

    I’ll have some photos tomorrow from a friend of mine, a photographer, who is a member of the Cinematheque board, which I will send along to our humble Webmaster for posting within the next few parsecs.


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