There Will Be Blood Meridian

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  • 14 Jun 2015 at 8:22 am #7241

    Toni
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    Hi all

    Being a huge fan of both PT Anderson’s movie There Will Be Blood
    and McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, I found this piece interesting:

    http://biblioklept.org/2015/01/30/reading-there-will-be-blood-as-the-expanded-epilogue-to-blood-meridian/


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    14 Jun 2015 at 10:10 am #7243

    Glass
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    Cool connection. And nice title to this thread, btw.


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    14 Jun 2015 at 10:33 am #7244

    Rick Wallach
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    Hi Toni – well, it’s always fun to speculate about stuff like this. A critic’s job, after all, is to multiply meanings within a text.

    It’s just that I always viewed Daniel Day Lewis’ performance in There Will Be Blood as a Brobdingnagian exercise in over-acting, left over from his sturm und drang performance in Gangs of New York, in the service of a script that spent two and a half hours looking for itself and finally defaulted to a clip art climax. I prefer a scoop of Cherry Garcia in a tall cold glass of Framboise Lambic to that particular milkshake. If you buy into all that, well, I guess you could stumble across the epilogue to Blood Meridian about as easily as any other cryptic passage and just plug it into one more receptor that the director and scriptwriter of the film left open in the hope of forcing any concrete direction upon it.


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    14 Jun 2015 at 4:41 pm #7247

    Toni
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    Rick,

    I said the piece was interesting, I’m not saying I bought into anything.

    – Toni


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    14 Jun 2015 at 7:44 pm #7248

    Peter Josyph
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    WALLACH: I prefer a scoop of Cherry Garcia in a tall cold glass of Framboise Lambic to that particular milkshake.

    JOSYPH: Spoken like a true diabetic…

    WALLACH: Yum.

    JOSYPH: Don’t diabetics have their own blood meridians?

    WALLACH: (Sips, slurps)

    JOSYPH: Does this mean you’ll be gratefully dead on Cherry Garcia?

    WALLACH: (Keels over, smiling broadly)

    JOSYPH: Well that’s damned inconvenient… Hopefully he left me his Kurosawa collection… At least there won’t be any more of those bloody casebooks… (Calling) Waiter? Lug these guts behind the stair, will you?


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    15 Jun 2015 at 10:09 am #7253

    Rick Wallach
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    Toni – I should have written it this way: “If one buys into all this….” etc. I didn’t mean “you” apostrophically.

    And I see that Peter nixed the whole Marat/Sade discourse before I had a chance to express my shock that he was such a big Judy Collins fan.


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    17 Jun 2015 at 3:17 pm #7261

    Peter Josyph
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    Clearly DEAD MAN is dearly influenced by BLOOD MERIDIAN OR THE EVENING REDNESS IN THE WEST.

    Or else not… but appearing to be… lots… more in its atmosphere than in its incident or characters… as if JJ had read the novel before embarking on that particular show… for which Neil Young sat in a studio with the film playing twice and JJ used whatever Young recorded… which, if you listen to it closely, is an improv around “Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child,” but played so slowly and moodily that it’s almost unrecognizable until you’ve identified it…

    Apparently Our Lord Weinstein did not wish to promote DEAD MAN and did his best to bury it, another example of how this man who we never don’t hear “loves” film shows his deep love for whatever might injure the profit margin of that year.

    Those last two sentences are too packed for me: they almost suffer what I call Rickrush! So I’m quitting this thread for the day… and would like to yield back the remainder of my time to Glass.


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