The Coen Brothers

Author: Joel Coen
Publisher: Univ. Press of Mississippi
ISBN: 9781578068890
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Collected interviews with the quirky and distinctive writer/director team of such films as "Raising Arizona," "Intolerable Cruelty," and "Barton Fink"

The Coen Brothers Fargo

Author: William Luhr
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521005012
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This volume explores Fargo from a variety of methodological perspectives.

The Coen Brothers

Author: Josh Levine
Publisher: ECW Press
ISBN: 1550224247
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Full biography of the renowned film directors, the Coen brothers, and how they came to write, shoot, and direct some of the most gruesome, exhilarating, and funniest films of our time, including Barton Fink, Fargo, Blood Simple and the forthcoming George Clooney film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

The Coen Brothers

Author: Adam Nayman
Publisher: Abrams
ISBN: 1683353196
Format: PDF, ePub
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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.

The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers

Author: Mark T. Conard
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 0813138698
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In 2008 No Country for Old Men won the Academy Award for Best Picture, adding to the reputation of filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, who were already known for pushing the boundaries of genre. They had already made films that redefined the gangster movie, the screwball comedy, the fable, and the film noir, among others. No Country is just one of many Coen brothers films to center on the struggles of complex characters to understand themselves and their places in the strange worlds they inhabit. To borrow a phrase from Barton Fink, all Coen films explore "the life of the mind" and show that the human condition can often be simultaneously comic and tragic, profound and absurd. In The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers, editor Mark T. Conard and other noted scholars explore the challenging moral and philosophical terrain of the Coen repertoire. Several authors connect the Coens' most widely known plots and characters to the shadowy, violent, and morally ambiguous world of classic film noir and its modern counterpart, neo-noir. As these essays reveal, Coen films often share noir's essential philosophical assumptions: power corrupts, evil is real, and human control of fate is an illusion. In Fargo, not even Minnesota's blankets of snow can hide Jerry Lundegaard's crimes or brighten his long, dark night of the soul. Coen films that stylistically depart from film noir still bear the influence of the genre's prevailing philosophical systems. The tale of love, marriage, betrayal, and divorce in Intolerable Cruelty transcends the plight of the characters to illuminate competing theories of justice. Even in lighter fare, such as Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski, the comedy emerges from characters' journeys to the brink of an amoral abyss. However, the Coens often knowingly and gleefully subvert conventions and occasionally offer symbolic rebirths and other hopeful outcomes. At the end of The Big Lebowski, the Dude abides, his laziness has become a virtue, and the human comedy is perpetuating itself with the promised arrival of a newborn Lebowski. The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers sheds new light on these cinematic visionaries and their films' stirring philosophical insights. From Blood Simple to No Country for Old Men, the Coens' films feature characters who hunger for meaning in shared human experience -- they are looking for answers. A select few of their protagonists find affirmation and redemption, but for many others, the quest for answers leads, at best, only to more questions.

Coen Brothers Virgin Film

Author: Eddie Robson
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0753547708
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Joel and Ethan Coen make up one of the most original and unconventional movie-making partnerships to come out of America at the end of the 20th century. From their debut tour de force Blood Simple to the hugely acclaimed The Man Who Wasn't There, the brothers' films have attracted critical kudos and commercial success in equal measure due to their irreverent, individual and technically virtuoso nature. Each of their films defies categorisation, yet you're never in any doubt you're watching a Coen brothers movie. This exploration of the movie career of Hollywood's best-loved outsiders charts their rise from cult favourites to box-office contenders, whilst combining indispensable reference material and critical analysis of their films.

How to Analyze the Films of the Coen Brothers

Author: Susan E. Hamen
Publisher: ABDO
ISBN: 161478955X
Format: PDF, ePub
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This title explores the creative works of famous directors Ethan and Joel Coen. Films analyzed include O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and True Grit. Clear, comprehensive text gives background biographical information of the Coen brothers. The "You Critique It" feature invites readers to analyze other creative works on their own. A table of contents, timeline, list of works, resources, source notes, glossary, and an index are also included. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

The Coen Brothers

Author: James Mottram
Publisher: Potomac Books Incorporated
ISBN: 9781574882735
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"The Coen Brothers: The Life of the Mind takes the reader through every one of their eight films, including O Brother Where Art Thou? A chapter on each film provides an analysis and detailed profiles of the brothers' chief collaborators and players, as well as a full synopsis and credits. The author also examines projects that the Coens have been involved in, including Sam Raimi's Crimewave. A must-read for the Coen aficionado and newcomer alike, this is the most up-to-date and in-depth study of their body of work yet published."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

The Cinema of the Coen Brothers

Author: Jeffrey Adams
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231850816
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The films of the Coen brothers have become a contemporary cultural phenomenon. Highly acclaimed and commercially successful, over the years their movies have attracted increasingly larger audiences and spawned a subculture of dedicated fans. Shunning fame and celebrity, Ethan and Joel Coen remain maverick filmmakers, producing and directing independent films outside the Hollywood mainstream in a unique style combining classic genres like film noir with black comedy to tell off-beat stories about America and the American Dream. This study surveys Oscar-winning films, such as Fargo (1996) and No Country for Old Men (2007), as well as cult favorites, including O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and The Big Lebowski (1998). Beginning with Blood Simple (1984), it examines major themes and generic constructs and offers diverse approaches to the Coens' enigmatic films. Pointing to the pulp fiction of Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain, and Raymond Chandler, the study appreciates the postmodern aesthetics of the Coens' intertextual creativity.

The Coen Brothers Encyclopedia

Author: Lynnea Chapman King
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0810885778
Format: PDF
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This encyclopedia focuses on all aspects of the Coen Brothers’ work—from writing and directing Blood Simple (1983) to their involvement in the forthcoming television series, Fargo. This extensive reference contains material on all of the films the brothers have written, produced, and directed, as well as their sideline ventures.