Get Low is about a man who throws a "funeral party" for himself before he dies. Felix Bush, played by Robert Duval, is a hermit who claims to want to hear what others have to say about him. Truthfully, he throws the funeral because he has something to tell. And that's all I'm going to say; you'll have to watch it to learn more!
|Felix "Bush" Breazeale surrounded|
by flowers at his own funeral.
Here are portions of an article from the 27 June 1938 Times-Picayune in Louisiana (viewed online at GenealogyBank).
Bewhiskered Farmer Scans Heavens Happily as He Hears Own FuneralMr. Felix "Bush" Breazeale lived approximately another five years before passing away 9 February 1943. He was 78 years old. He was buried, with no fanfare, in the Cave Creek Cemetery of Roane County. His grave was unmarked for more than forty years, but there is now a modest granite memorial.
Kingston, Tenn., June 26 -- Uncle Felix "Bush" Breazeale, bewhiskered Roane county farmer, sat beside his hand-made coffin today in a sweating, milling throng of more than 8000 people and heard his "funeral" preached...
...Then for three hours he shook hands with thousands and "autographed" books and cards with his "mark," a scrawled X...
...Uncle Felix, dressed in a new suit and straw hat, rode from his home in the hearse with the coffin he hewed from a walnut tree...
...After the crowd had left, Uncle Felix returned to his little farm where he lives alone except for an old mule.
|Photo by Karen Ann King Starkey via FindAGrave|
Uncle Bush's Picture Book
Felix Bushaloo "Bush" Breazeale FindAGrave Memorial
[I also found it interesting, because I'm from the Peach state and all, that the movie was filmed at several locations in Georgia. I was particularly proud to see Pickett's Mill Battlefield State Park was used. I hope it generated some much needed revenue for them.]