The Counselor is one of the most cinematic and uncinematic movies of the year. It’s the former because director Ridley Scott used the. the counselor a screenplay cormac mccarthy. Wed, 10 Oct GMT the counselor a screenplay cormac pdf – In a few words, Cormac’s screenplay for. The New Yorker has published an excerpt of Cormac McCarthy’s script for The Counselor, a film directed by Ridley Scott that will come out this.

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Posted on by wesmorgan. Is McCarthy yanking our chain—again? The smallest crumb can devour us? You learn to let nothing pass.

You cant afford to. Could this be another test to see if we are on our toes? But if the mccartthy on McCarthy-obsessed Web sites are any indication, not all his fans are happy with it.

So who is responsible for the mis-attribution in The Counselorthe fictional Westray, the fictional Reiner or McCarthy? Blood Meridian, or, The evening redness in the west. The Henry Miller reader. Would it complicate things even more to note that Ben may have said something similar in The Stonemason on p.

Act V, Scene IV: Ben visits Soldier in screenply hotel room. Act V, Scene VI: The farmhouse dining room at night. Ben and Maven are sitting at the table.

Read an Excerpt from Cormac McCarthy’s Script for The Counselor

Because the smallest crumb can devour us. Thanks for starting a discussion on the text of the official published version. Anyway, the quote in the larger context:. Our diseases are our attachments, be they habits, ideologies, ideals, principles, possessions, phobias, gods, cults, religions, what you please….

Whatever we cling to, even if it be hope or faith, can be the disease which carries us off. As for clinging to God, God long ago abandoned us in order that we might realize the joy of attaining godhood through our own efforts.

Read an Excerpt from Cormac McCarthy’s Script for The Counselor – Biblioklept

These are great lines by Miller, though my favorite might be later in the same paragraph:. And, in a different sense, Blood Meridian too: I read the pirated version some time ago and cormc the published version this week.

I was pleased to find the published version much more like our McCarthy, and I think we ought to give him the benefit screnplay the doubt before rushing to judgment. That is, I think we might talk about what works in the screenplay before trashing the whole. I was very interested in what Penelope Cruz said about the script in a post that someone on the Forum linked to months ago. To paraphrase, she liked that the script was such a great vehicle for actors—that all the named characters were so fully fleshed out and dynamic.


Cruz found it very rare that scenes of dialogue had such a sense of direction and movement, a narrative arc in each one.

10 Insane Things from Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Counselor’ Script That Didn’t Make It On Screen

It is a thing which you have created, no more, no less. Like Screeenplay MeridianCousnelor Counselor is a painful read. The graphic violence is there again, counselro added to the violence is the assault of verbal obscenity. That is what I noticed most of all. A more appropriate name would be Ignorance. Well, Ignorance, wilt though yet foolish be, To slight good counsel, ten times given thee? And if thou yet xcreenplay it, thou shalt know, Ere long, the evil of thy doing so. Remember, man, in time, stoop, do not fear; Good counsel taken well, saves: I counted about three action scenes; the rest of the scenes are two characters talking to each other, mostly different characters counseling the counselor.

Hell, even two large cats make an appearance. Travis, I think this parallel works, although it may be ironic to find parallels in a Puritan work.

The script harkens back to the pre-Reformation morality plays as well. In the Ridley Scott interview someone linked us to, he says that Fassbinder does a wonderful job of accessing the full horror of that tragic denouement.

I think of all those characters who are drunk or asleep, oblivious and spiritually unawake in the old gnostic sense.

And several of his mentors have tried more eloquently than Rawlins but without success to wake him up to the evils he wants to traffic with. This suggests to me that McCarthy may have drafted his script partly back in the direction of a novel, like his procedure with Cities and No Countryresulting in our having a hybrid here—a sort of novelized filmscript.

It would be an interesting thing to explore further when the Counselor papers arrive in San Marcos. It does not matter whether or not you meant to brush the web of things. It is never the artist who is the fickle lover…it is always the critic who is fickle and in the dark that we can see their motives.


As much as we may enjoy criticism and secondary literature…the critic can be cor,ac very mccsrthy. The critic is like in the audience of a broadway theatre and somehow gets invited back stage to the stars dressing room.

The star is in their robes and taking off their make up. And… Layer the critic writes and contains because the star has live handles or verifies veins. Seeing the inner notes like the pirate screenplay is like going back stage. McCarthy never left or changed… We were just lucky to see a version of the screenplay.

What changed is that some academics some fans… Some critics were left in the dust. Here at the forum we saw back stage of some critics… We saw how out-of-touch some folks were about screenplays and the movie business and how out of touch some were about McCarthy. We saw it… And so what? And they were a tiny bit arrogant about mccarthys script. Maybe they were embarrassed that he was able to be do blatantly mainstream lol. This is what writing looks like!!! Seeing inside a writers process is a gift…is it really a license to mock the process?

A lot of people made a mistake about this screenplay.

Comments are closed, but trackbacks and pingbacks are open. Viewing 10 posts – 1 through 10 of 43 total. Posts Mark Topic Read. So what is going on here? No country for old men. McCarthy must really like that line. From the scene between: Act V, Scene V: Anyway, the quote in the larger context: These are great lines by Miller, though my favorite might be later in the same paragraph: What rules the world is the heart, not the brain.

Just some first thoughts. Before I get into this discussion a couple of quick notes. You must be logged in to reply to this topic.