Aug 24, 2005

God's Angry Man (1980)

I've seen this film a few times this year, and I still can't get it out of my mind. Werner Herzog's hour-long marvel is a hilarious and moving documentary of the fiery televangelist Gene Scott (who died earlier this year). No matter what you think of the man, you can't deny his passion. I love the scene where he freaks out on people for donating to the church, yet only when he asks them to. Above and beyond his fire and brimstone telecasts, featuring a lot of great gospel music too, we get to see beyond the man on the screen and see how he has been robbed of his own identity for the sake of his image- having no financial assets of his own (everything clinically his is owned by the church), forsaking property and even the maxim of going forth and multiplying, we can understand why he berates people who give anything less than 100% to the good word.

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