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The Coen Brothers : Two American Filmmakers - Josh Levine

The Coen Brothers : Two American Filmmakers

Paperback Published: October 2000
ISBN: 9781550224245
Number Of Pages: 200

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A terrified woman plunges a knife through the hand of her pursuer. A leftwing playwright turns to the woman in his bed, only to find a river of blood. A baby, left in the middle of the highway, smiles happily. A professional killer stuffs his partner into a woodchipper while a pregnant cop pulls her gun. Welcome to that Coen Brothers feeling. With the smash success of Fargo (winner of two major Academy Awards), the filmmaking team of Joel and Ethan Coen finally received the recognition they deserved. But well before that the two brothers were writing and directing terrific films -- from the film-noir thriller Blood Simple, to the comedy Raising Arizona, to the gangster epic Miller's Crossing, to the bizarre Barton Fink. With each film they have surprised fans and critics alike, always refusing to repeat themselves or compromise their independence. Their upcoming George Clooney film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, due out in October 2000, is one of the most highly anticipated films of the year. While still in their early twenties, Joel and Ethan Coen raised the money for their first film by knocking on the doors of the wealthy in their native Minnesota. Starring an unknown actress named Frances McDormand (who would later become Joel's wife) it was an art-house hit and allowed the brothers to make Raising Arizona with Nicolas Cage and another Coen brothers' discovery, Holly Hunter. But despite their high reputation, the brothers would not make another financially successful picture for years. Were their films just too offbeat and intellectual? And then came Fargo. Here is the story of how two middle-class Minnesota boys have come to write, shoot, and direct some of the most gruesome,exhilarating, and funny films of our time.

Introduction: That Coen Brothers Feeling
Siberia, U.S.A. Or, How to Grow Up Jewish in Minnesotap. 1
Pulp Fiction: Blood Simplep. 13
Trial Run: Crimewavep. 37
Baby Wrangling: Raising Arizonap. 43
Gangsters With Heart: Millers Crossingp. 59
The Wallpaper Movie: Barton Finkp. 81
The Comedy of Business: The Hudsucker Proxyp. 103
Blood on the Snow: Fargop. 119
California Story: The Big Lebowskip. 139
Ethan Coen, Authorp. 155
Conclusion: More Movies, Bigger Camerasp. 159
Books by and About the Coen Brothersp. 169
Sourcesp. 170
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9781550224245
ISBN-10: 1550224247
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: October 2000
Publisher: ECW PR
Country of Publication: CA
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 17.15  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.38

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