Midnight at the garden of good and evil book

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

The screenplay by John Lee Hancock was based on John Berendt 's book of the same name and follows the story of an antiques dealer on trial for the murder of a male prostitute. The panoramic tale of Savannah's eccentricities focuses on a murder and the subsequent trial of Jim Williams Kevin Spacey , a self-made man , art collector, antiques dealer, bon vivant, and semi-closeted homosexual. John Kelso John Cusack , a magazine reporter, finds himself in Savannah amid the beautiful architecture and odd doings to write a feature on one of Williams' famous Christmas parties. Kelso is intrigued by Williams from the start, but his curiosity is piqued when he meets the violent, young Billy Hanson Jude Law , Williams' lover. Later that night, Hanson is dead, and Kelso stays on to cover the murder trial. Along the way he encounters the irrepressible The Lady Chablis , a transgender stand-up comedienne; Sonny Seiler , lawyer to Williams, whose famous dog, Uga IV , is the official mascot of the Georgia Bulldogs ; a man who keeps flies attached to mini leashes on his lapels and threatens daily to poison the water supply; Serena Dawes, a former silent-film actress; the Married Ladies Card Club; and Minerva, a spiritualist and voodoo practitioner. Between becoming Williams' friend, cuddling up to a torch singer , meeting every eccentric in Savannah, participating in midnight graveyard rituals, and helping solve the mysteries surrounding Hanson's murder, Kelso has his hands full.

Take a journey back in time with Savannah Heritage Tours where three centuries of history will come to life as you explore Savannah, Georgia. He combined fact with fiction. The movie adaptation debuted in , with actor, Clint Eastwood, as director and producer and John Lee Hancock as screenwriter. Berendt's book was considered "faction. The characters in the story actually were residents of Savannah. Without realizing it, Berendt exposed the dark side of Savannah society, a relatively insular, highly traditional composition of diverse individuals. The truth of the story highlights the crime of murder by wealthy, gay Savannah socialite, Jim Williams, and his employee in his antique business and lover, Danny Hansford.

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The book, Berendt's first, was published in The book was subsequently made into Clint Eastwood 's film adaptation. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is atmospherically Deep South coastal Savannah , Georgia, and Beaufort , South Carolina and Southern Gothic in tone, depicting a wide range of eccentric personalities in and around the city of Savannah , Georgia. The central narrative concerns the killing of Danny Hansford, a local male prostitute characterized as "a good time not yet had by all" by an important Savannah socialite , by respected antiques dealer Jim Williams. This results in four murder trials, with the fourth ending in acquittal after the judge finally agreed to a change of venue to move the case away from the Savannah jury pool. The book describes Williams' version of the killing, which is that it was in "self-defense"—the result of Hansford, who is prone to fits of rage, shooting at Williams with a gun that is on display, and Williams shooting back in self-defense—and not murder, pre-meditated or otherwise, by Williams. The death occurred in Williams' home 'Mercer House'.

Already sinking fast, the heart goes right under when the early chapters turn out to concern a media type - John Berendt, magazine editor and columnist - escaping the New York rat-race to chill out in the charming Southern fastness of Savannah, Georgia. But, thankfully, this book is not A Year In Savannah: a townie's jolly put-down of the locals. Berendt stayed eight years, and chanced upon the sinister and twisty murder case which turns his narrative into a rare travel book with as many actual shocks as culture shocks. For the first pages, Berendt is more or less the standard travel writer, hanging around town bagging and tagging the local characters. Admittedly, these are generally unusual species, including several never quite caught before.

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