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The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers : Philosophy of Popular Culture - Mark T. Conard

The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers

Philosophy of Popular Culture

Paperback Published: 25th March 2012
ISBN: 9780813134451
Number Of Pages: 332

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Many critics agree that Joel and Ethan Coen are one of the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmaking teams of the last three decades. Combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, irony, and often brutal violence, the Coen brothers have crafted a style of filmmaking that pays tribute to classic American movie genres yet maintains a distinctly postmodern feel. Since arriving on the film scene, the Coens have amassed an impressive body of work that has garnered them critical acclaim and a devoted cult following. From Raising Arizona and Fargo to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and No Country for Old Men, the Coens have left an unmistakable imprint on Hollywood. The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers investigates philosophical themes in the works of these master filmmakers and also uses their movies as vehicles to explore fundamental concepts of philosophy. The contributing authors discuss concepts such as justice, the problem of interpretation, existential role-playing, the philosophy of comedy, the uncertainty principle, and the coldness of modernity. The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers is not just for die-hard Lebowski Fest attendees, but for anyone who enjoys big ideas on the big screen.

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""This volume is written for both fans of the Coen brothers and the philosophically curious, without the technical language. Both educational and entertaining, this philosophical compilation is recommended for public and academic libraries, particularly those with degree programs in philosophy and film." -- Library Journal" --

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The Coen Brand of Comedy and Tragedy
Raising Arizona as an American Comedyp. 7
The Human Comedy Perpetuates Itself: Nihilism and Comedy in Coen Neo-Noirp. 27
Philosophies of Comedy in O Brother, Where Art Thou?p. 41
No Country for Old Men: The Coens' Tragic Westernp. 55
Deceit, Desire, and Dark Comedy: Postmodern Dead Ends in Blood Simplep. 79
Ethics: Shame, Justice, and Virtue
"And It's Such a Beautiful Day!" Shame and Fargop. 93
Justice, Power, and Love: The Political Philosophy of Intolerable Crueltyp. 109
Ethics, Heart, and Violence in Miller's Crossingp. 125
"Takin''er Easy for All Us Sinners": Laziness as a Virtue in The Big Lebowskip. 147
No Country for Old Men as Moral Philosophyp. 163
Postmodernity, Interpretation, and the Construction of History
Heidegger and the Problem of Interpretation in Barton Finkp. 179
The Past Is Now: History and The Hudsucker Proxyp. 195
"A Homespun Murder Story": Film Noir and the Problem of Modernity in Fargop. 211
Existentialism, Alienation, and Despair
"What Kind of Man Are You?" The Coen Brothers and Existentialist Role Playingp. 227
Being the Barber: Kierkegaardian Despair in The Man Who Wasn't Therep. 243
Thinking beyond the Failed Community: Blood Simple and The Man Who Wasn't Therep. 267
God, Man, and Nature
How Job Begat Larry: The Present Situation in A Serious Manp. 289
"A Lead Ball of Justice": The Logic of Retribution and the Ethics of Instruction in True Gritp. 307
List of Contributorsp. 333
Indexp. 339
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ISBN: 9780813134451
ISBN-10: 0813134455
Series: Philosophy of Popular Culture
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 25th March 2012
Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.14  x 2.52
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 2

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