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Joel and Ethan Coen

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(Limelight). An analysis of the Coen oeuvre through O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000). The authors, German film critics, include a previously unpublished interview with the filmmaking brothers on their off-center work in genres they both satirize and pay tribute to: film noir, horror, screwball comedy, and buddy escapade. As Ethan Coen says: "We grew up in America, and we ...more
Paperback, 313 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Limelight Editions (first published July 30th 1999)
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Not my cup of tea. If I'm going to slog through film theory written in an academic style, I'd like to get some strong opinions or see some new takes on the material. But I found it oddly un-opinionated until the final chapter, which was the best one.

Insights I gained about the films of the Coen brothers:
- violence is the last resort of people who can't get what they want any other way.
- there are more fat old evil patriachs in their films than I'd noticed!
- you can't win if you play by the rules
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