Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

After a recent trip to Savannah, Georgia, and because we did one of the city’s famous 90 minutes tour, we found ourselves watching the memorable movie Midnight in Garden of Good & Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood. This is a remarkable drama with a Southern Gothic tone fantastically accentuated by the eccentric characters played by Kevin Spacey, John Cusack and the transsexual Lady Chablis, who played herself both in the movie and in the original book in which the script was based. This last character was actually a very interesting part of the plot, creating  amusement moments that compensate the darker parts.

The book itself is a best-seller based on a true story, what makes the identification of the places in the city much more thrilling. The Mercer House, in the picture above, was the actual home of the main character and of the real antique dealer Jim Williams, the only person in Georgia ever to be tried four times for the same crime. Today, Jim’s sister lives in the house, an inheritance after her brother’s unexpected death at age 59.

This is the Armstrong house, also featured in the movie as the well-known lawyer firm office, in which Sonny Seiler is a senior partner and was featured in the book as the real life attorney of Jim Williams, but in the film was cast as the Judge. Besides that, he’s also owner of the world famous dynasty of bulldogs named Uga, maintaining the line of mascots of the University of Georgia English Bulldogs. And Uga V also appeared in the movie, playing the role of his father, Uga IV. Wow!

Can you see how intricate this is? I love it! When we were taking all this pictures around the Savannah Historic District, we still weren’t aware of how exciting it will be to recognize it all in the movie, giving it a whole new meaning.

I won’t say much more to not give many spoilers to whoever didn’t watch the movie yet.

Not to mention that other movies scenes were shot in the “Hostess city of the South”, like Forrest Gump.

So, let’s go around a few other attractions.

The Headquarters of the First Girls Scout of the USA, founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912.

22 beautiful squares, like this one.

One of the oldest synagogues in United States, in this rare Gothic-style architecture.

The Pirate’s House. Today, a historic restaurant and tavern, is said to be the oldest building in the state of Georgia and home of some early pages of the novel “Treasure Island”, by Robert Louis Stevenson. And Captain Flint, one of the novel’s main characters, died in the upstairs bedroom of the house. What I found more interesting is that Savannah has many underground tunnels and the Pirate’s House is the entrance to one of them that leads to the Savannah River. So cool!

Have you ever visited Savannah? What are your favorite points of interest?

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3 Responses to Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

  1. Wow. That is such a great movie – and wow – I didn’t know about the family today. I need to make a visit!

  2. I absolutely loved Savannah! We just went there too, and I bought the tin, the ornament, and the book this was just an awesome trip loved it…! Nice post and pictures!

  3. surlykitchen says:

    i LOVE savannah. i lived in Hilton Head for a summer (only 45 min from savannah), so i’ve visited a lot. i love midnight in the garden of good&evil, the book, the movie, the tour. they also have great pubs along the waterfront that have historical significance. one bar, in a cave, had the whole story of it. also, there is a haunted ghost tour where you go from pub to pub, hotel to hotel, get a drink and hear a ghost story about the place. it was the best tour i’ve taken. this post makes me want to plan a visit there soon!

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