The Coen Brothers: Interviews

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Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2006 - 208 pagine

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.



Invasion of the Baby Snatchers
Shot by Shot
An Interview with the Brothers Coen
Inside the Coen Heads
This Is a True Story
The Logic of Soft Drugs
The Coen Brothers
Double Vision
Joel and Ethan Coen
Joel and Ethan Coen
Interview with Joel Coen

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

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