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The Glorious Cause

Below, J. L. Wall suggests that Rooster Cogburn’s character arc in True Grit is basically redemptive. I’m interested in an alternative hypothesis: What if Cogburn’s heroism is entirely consistent with his history as a Confederate guerrilla? Rooster shows no sign of being ashamed of his past; indeed, it’s not much of a stretch to say…

More True Grit

The New York Review of Books blog discusses all three versions of True Grit (but mainly the latest) and questions of genre and Rooster’s need and potential for redemption. This bit of trivia, if accurate, either throws that question of redemption in higher relief, or complicates it more than I’d noticed — or both: The…

“Time Just Gets Away From Us”: True Grit, John Wayne, and the West

My holiday viewing experience consisted solely of True Grit which (not unpredictably) has already been commented on throughout the internet.  Genre, westerns, heroism, religion, virtue, and—this is a Coen brothers film—nihilism have all figured into play.  But none I’ve read (admittedly not all that many) have touched on the matter that struck me from the…