The Films Of Joel And Ethan Coen

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A collection of four films directed by eccentric movie-making duo Ethan and Joel Coen. 'Blood Simple' (1983), a knowing homage to 40s film noir, is the Coen brothers' debut feature. A Texan bar owner (Dan Hedaya) hires a hitman (M. Emmet Walsh) to kill his wife (Frances McDormand) and her lover (John Getz). The plan backfires when the contract killer, having already collected his fee, executes a variation on the hit - and a series of nightmarish murders ensue.

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Hollywood Interviews brings together seven directors-Francis Ford Coppola, Brian de Palma, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Tim Burton, and Joel and Ethan Coen-who together represent the leading auteurs of contemporary cinema. The interviews were all commissioned for the legendary film collective Cahiers du Cinema, the first group of critics to treat films, particularly Hollywood films, as a serious art form.

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Through close readings of films by U.S. filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Errol Morris, Todd Haynes, and Joel and Ethan Coen, Hollywood Hybrids studies provocative, disorienting strategies of genre mixing in contemporary cinema. The book also explores foreign parallels to U.S. hybrid cinema in films by such directors as Pedro Almodovar (Spain) and Stephen Chow (Hong Kong).

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The films of Ethan and Joel Coen have been embraced by mainstream audiences, but also have been subject to intense scrutiny by critics and cinema scholars. Movies such as Barton Fink, The Hudsucker Proxy, and Raising Arizona represent the filmmakers' postmodern tendencies, a subject many academics have written about at length. But is it enough to reduce their features as expressions of postmodernism or are there other ways of viewing their work-not only their individual films but their entire output as a collective whole? In Constructing the Coens: From Blood Simple to Inside Llewyn Davis, Allen H.

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In 2008 No Country for Old Men won the Academy Award for Best Picture, adding to the reputation of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who were already known for pushing the boundaries of genre. They had already made films that redefined the gangster movie, the screwball comedy, the fable, and the film noir, among others. No Country is just one of many Coen brothers films to center on the struggles of complex characters to understand themselves and their places in the strange worlds they inhabit.

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This study of the cinema of Joel and Ethan Coen examines the theme of violence that runs through the brothers' work via chapters that scrutinize the motives, thoughts, and actions of the principal characters in each of the Coen Brothers' films. In the world depicted in the films, suggests the author, violence always has devastating, unintended consequences on the characters, both for those who live by violence and those are just bystanders to the violent acts of others.

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Joel and Ethan Coen have written and directed some of the most celebrated American films of the last thirty years. The output of their work has embraced a wide range of genres, including the neo-noirsBlood Simple and The Man Who Wasn t There, the absurdist comedyRaising Arizona, and the violent gangster filmMiller s Crossing. Whether producing original works likeFargo and Barton Fink or drawing on inspiration from literature, such as Charles Portis True Grit or Cormac McCarthy sNo Country for Old Men, the brothers put their distinctive stamp on each film.

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Hollywood Interviews brings together seven directors-Francis Ford Coppola, Brian de Palma, Martin Scorsese, Clint Eastwood, Tim Burton, and Joel and Ethan Coen-who together represent the leading auteurs of contemporary cinema. The interviews were all commissioned for the legendary film collective Cahiers du Cinema, the first group of critics to treat films, particularly Hollywood films, as a serious art form.

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