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Monday, 23 October 2017


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You forgot to mention the absolutely perfect soundtrack, all based on variations on one hymn Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!

I remember True Grit as terrific, but I absolutely 100% agree with your note that McCabe and Mrs Miller is a perfect movie. Up there in my top five for sure (which might also include Vertigo and Dr. Strangelove, but now I stray).

But back to True Grit: the novel is excellent, and so is Norwood, by the same author, Charles Portis. Of the five novels he wrote, those two are the standouts, Norwood being funnier.

But back to True Grit: one of the great accomplishments of the Coen's version is the way they used Portis's dialog so well. Really captured the spirit. Elmore Leonard always had that problem: screenwriters who thought the point of a Leonard novel was the plot. So wrong.

But back to True Grit...

I saw it in the theater in '11, enjoyed it, and have since forgotten all the details you mention. Now you've reminded me that it's a good movie, I'll have to rent it to see it again; the list grows longer.

"I think the snake in Eden was Satan, and hence singular, no?"

Weeeell, that's certainly a common belief among many Christians. OTOH, the Snake, otherwise unnamed, is in the start of the first book of the Old Testament, and a connection with Satan is not made until the last book of the New Testament.

If you believe that John, a cranky, angry exile on Patmos, is a Divine authority, sure. If not, it's far from clear. Without the Snake, the whole story of our human lives doesn't ever happen; in that sense, it's role is ambiguous.

Whether that means we would all exist, not just Adam and Eve, in an Edenic life, depends on which non-bibical back story you may subscribe to.

I'll second your praise of McCabe and Mrs. Miller. I thought I was more or less alone in thinking it a truly great film. It seems largely forgotten today.

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