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This film is an adaptation of John Berendts best selling novel and is directed by Clint Eastwood The story is based on a series of true events involving an antique dealer named Jim Williams played by Kevin Spacey John Kelso played by John Cusack is a small time journalist sent down to Savannah to cover one of Williams elaborate Christmas parties for Town and Country magazine Already we are beginning to see some similarities between Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and my first text The Keepers of Truth written by Michael Collins Kelso like Bill the main character from my first text is a journalist and is relatively unknown Both characters seem to spend their time writing up pointless articles which have no real significance to getting them anywhere where they want to be with their writing career However in both texts a murder is the story that they have been looking for In Bills case it was Ronny Lawton killing his old man and in the case of Kelso it was Jim Williams shooting his young male hustler lover Both characters see these events as the break they have been waiting for and as something that could give their career the boost that it needs Kelso plans to write a book about the whole incident and decides to spend time in the city of Savannah whilst Williamss court case proceeds This brings up another similarity Like The Keepers of Truth Midnight is set in a relatively small American town Each town is particularly quirky and the reasons for this are their inhabitants Both texts are set around the early 80s but unlike the industrial death that Bills town is undergoing Savannah seems to be travelling quite well in that department The people of Savannah admire their surroundings whereas in The Keepers of Truth the residents dreaded their surroundings as it reminded them of what they once had The actual
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