The Coen Brothers: Interviews / Edition 1

The Coen Brothers: Interviews / Edition 1

by William Rodney Allen, Ethan Coen
     
 

ISBN-10: 1578068894

ISBN-13: 9781578068890

Pub. Date: 08/18/2006

Publisher: University Press of Mississippi

Joel and Ethan Coen (b. 1954, 1957) started their careers in obscurity on a shoestring budget cajoled from family and friends in Minneapolis. Working entirely outside the studio system, the Coen brothers scored an unlikely first success in 1984 with their postmodern noir film Blood Simple. Two decades and nearly a dozen movies later, the Coens are now among

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Joel and Ethan Coen (b. 1954, 1957) started their careers in obscurity on a shoestring budget cajoled from family and friends in Minneapolis. Working entirely outside the studio system, the Coen brothers scored an unlikely first success in 1984 with their postmodern noir film Blood Simple. Two decades and nearly a dozen movies later, the Coens are now among the best-known writer/directors in Hollywood, turning out major studio releases featuring such stars as George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Tom Hanks.

The Coens' films all share a distinctive, quirky ambience that critics have come to identify as "that Coen brothers feeling." Tricky moving camera work, frequent use of the voiceover, homages to directors and cinematic genres, a fascination with unexpected and off-kilter violence, and omnipresent black humor are all defining elements of the Coens' cinematic world.

From such highly stylized movies as Barton Fink and The Man Who Wasn't There to more mainstream but dark comedies such as Raising Arizona, Intolerable Cruelty, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coens are equally at home with existential despair and comic exuberance and are known for scripts packed with an obvious love for language. This collection of their most important interviews spans twenty years and is the most comprehensive published on the brothers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781578068890
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
Publication date:
08/18/2006
Series:
Conversations with Filmmakers Series
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
913,443
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

Bloodlines3
Invasion of the baby snatchers17
Interview with Joel and Ethan Coen25
Shot by shot36
A hat blown by the wind41
A rock on the beach46
The Barton Fink feeling : an interview with the brothers Coen55
Inside the Coen heads62
Closer to life than the conventions of cinema72
This is a true story81
Making it clear : the Coen brothers84
The Coens speak (reluctantly)87
Coen job90
The brothers Grim93
The logic of soft drugs100
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and The Big Lebowski109
The Coen brothers113
Gates of Ethan119
Double vision127
Brothers in arms133
Joel and Ethan Coen137
Filmmaker Ethan Coen142
Pictures that do the talking149
Joel and Ethan Coen160
Joel and Ethan Coen163
Interview with Joel Coen188
Stealing the show : Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers gang up to remake The Ladykillers194
My father lived in Croydon199

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