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The Sunset Limited

Watched a movie version of Cormac McCarthy’s play “The Sunset Limited”  featuring Tommy Lee Jones (also director) and Samuel L. Jackson.   An born-again Christian black ex con (SLJ) argues with a white professor  (TLJ) about the case for despair or going on.   SLJ has saved TLJ from an attempt to throw himself under a train (“The Sunset Limited”). Gripping drama – as much poetry as drama.  In my view despair wins in one of the bleakest of bleak McCarthy conclusions.  Salvation into an post-“world gone wrong” afterlife would be “Kafka on wheels” for TLJ – the “ultimate horror”, “the ultimate despair”.

McCarthy was involved in the direction of this movie version of the play. Superb performances .  It was originally produced for HBO television in 2011.

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