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The Coen Brothers : Book Really Ties the Films Together - Adam Nayman

The Coen Brothers

Book Really Ties the Films Together

Hardcover Published: 1st October 2018
ISBN: 9781419727405
Number Of Pages: 320

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From such cult hits as Raising Arizona (1987) and The Big Lebowski (1998) to major critical darlings Fargo (1996), No Country for Old Men (2007), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), Ethan and Joel Coen have cultivated a bleakly comical, instantly recognizable voice in modern American cinema.

In The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, film critic Adam Nayman carefully sifts through their complex cinematic universe in an effort to plot, as he puts it, “some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness.” The book combines critical text—biography, close film analysis, and enlightening interviews with key Coen collaborators—with a visual aesthetic that honors the Coens’ singular mix of darkness and levity.

Featuring film stills, beautiful and evocative illustrations, punchy infographics, and hard insight, this book will be the definitive exploration of the Coen brothers’ oeuvre.

About the Author

Adam Nayman is a contributing editor for Cinema Scope and writes on film for The Ringer, Sight and Sound, Reverse Shot, and Little White Lies. He has written books on Showgirls and the films of Ben Wheatley, and lectures on cinema and journalism at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

Industry Reviews

"...this book tries to plot "some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness" in a "definitive" exploration of the Coen brothers' oeuvre." -- TheBookseller
"Far from an entry-level guide to the Coens' career, this comprehensive dissection of their filmography aims to uncover a 'Grand Unified Theory Of Coen-ness'. Exploring the complexities of the duo's oeuvre with forensic attention to detail, critic Adam Nayman flags up repeating motifs and parallels, only occasionally overreaching into tenuousness." -- Total Film
"Nayman's essays are both entertaining and academic, analysing themes and motifs from each film, identifying recurring links between them, and tying them into cinema history - and once you start reading, it's easy to get hooked. Even the most obsessive Coen fans will come out of this appreciating their favourite films in new ways as they see details they never knew were there." -- Starburst
"One of the pleasures of the big, handsome, mid-to-late career monographs that Abrams Books has made a specialty (they also released books on Wes Anderson, Oliver Stone, and Martin Scorsese) is that they allow us to appreciate the "minor" entries of those oeuvres. Take, for example, Adam Nayman's The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together (out tomorrow), which, yes, gives full analysis and appreciation to Fargo, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, and No Country For Old Men. But Nayman also has plenty to say about supposedly secondary works like The Hudsucker Proxy, Burn After Reading, and, in this excerpt, the all-but-forgotten 2001 black-and-white film noir riff, The Man Who Wasn't There." -- Flavorwire
"... film critic Adam Nayman weaves biography, critical analysis, and interviews with Coen collaborators (including longtime cinematographer Roger Deakins) to present the definitive history of the Coen brothers oeuvre." -- Indiewire
"This is highly recommended for any film fan, and essential for any Coen brothers fan - let Adam Nayman show you the life of the Coen brothers' minds." -- StarburstMagazine.com
"The Coen Brothers can count themselves among the small list of the most extraordinary American filmmakers to ever work in the genre. And reading through The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together is a testament to their talents." -- /Film
"If you'd like to read more about the making of The Big Lebowski, may we recommend The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, which has just been released by Abrams" -- AnOther Man

ISBN: 9781419727405
ISBN-10: 1419727400
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1st October 2018
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 30.48 x 25.4  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.97

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