Sunday, May 9, 2010

God's Angry Man (1980)

Werner Herzog


God's Angry Man, a 44-minute documentary on Dr. Gene Scott of the nightly Festival of Faith, is great. It focuses on Gene Scott's three decades as a broadcaster during which he attracted a large number of viewers for whom his program was never intended — what we generally call a cult following — and his cross-section of fans were legion, if not exactly ready to give their hearts to Jesus anytime soon. It’s certainly a testament to the stamina (if not the downright perversity) of anyone if they could endure three to ten hours a night of a visibly enraged man with a fine, snow-white Charlie Rich pompadour and an icy stare hectoring his audience in television land to get on the phone right this minute and empty out their bank accounts to keep his ministry on its feet. And this is by no means an exaggeration. A good deal of Herzog’s 44-minute film is taken up with scenes of Scott live on the air, angrily rifling through pledges from viewers that were just called in — none of which are ever less than three figures — eventually flying into a hardcore Old Testament fury at the foul stinginess of the apostate public when he sees they haven’t coughed up that extra thousand he told them he needed.


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1 comment:

  1. Good to see a documentary that lifts the veil of hypocrisy in organised religion. George Carlin wouldve been proud. Thanks for this!


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