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Overview

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.

William Rodney Allen teaches at Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. He is the author of Walker Percy: A Southern Wayfarer and the editor of Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut, both published by University Press of Mississippi.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578068890
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 8/18/2006
  • Series: Conversations with Filmmakers Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 408,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Bloodlines 3
Invasion of the baby snatchers 17
Interview with Joel and Ethan Coen 25
Shot by shot 36
A hat blown by the wind 41
A rock on the beach 46
The Barton Fink feeling : an interview with the brothers Coen 55
Inside the Coen heads 62
Closer to life than the conventions of cinema 72
This is a true story 81
Making it clear : the Coen brothers 84
The Coens speak (reluctantly) 87
Coen job 90
The brothers Grim 93
The logic of soft drugs 100
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and The Big Lebowski 109
The Coen brothers 113
Gates of Ethan 119
Double vision 127
Brothers in arms 133
Joel and Ethan Coen 137
Filmmaker Ethan Coen 142
Pictures that do the talking 149
Joel and Ethan Coen 160
Joel and Ethan Coen 163
Interview with Joel Coen 188
Stealing the show : Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers gang up to remake The Ladykillers 194
My father lived in Croydon 199
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