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The Coen Brothers

Interviews

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.

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

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Book

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  • 791.430233092273 Coe, Nonfiction

Publish Date

2006

ISBN

1578068886


Format: Book
Title: The Coen brothers : interviews / edited by William Rodney Allen.
Publisher Date: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2006.
Subject: Coen, Joel -- Interviews. Coen, Ethan -- Interviews. Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Interviews
Isbn: 1578068886 (cloth : alk. paper) 9781578068883 (cloth : alk. paper) 1578068894 (pbk. : alk. paper) 9781578068890 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Format: Book
Title: The Coen brothers : interviews / edited by William Rodney Allen.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2006.
Description: xxxii, 208 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series: Conversations with filmmakers series
Series: Conversations with filmmakers series
Subjects: Coen, Joel -- Interviews.
Subjects: Coen, Ethan -- Interviews.
Subjects: Motion picture producers and directors -- United States -- Interviews
Other Author: Coen, Joel
Other Author: Coen, Ethan
Other Author: Allen, William Rodney
Notes: Includes bibliographical references, filmography (p. [xxvii]-xxxii), and index.
Contents: Bloodlines / Hal Hinson -- Invasion of the baby snatchers / David Edelstein -- Interview with Joel and Ethan Coen / Michel Ciment and Hubert Niogret -- Shot by shot / Steven Levy -- A hat blown by the wind / Jean-Pierre Coursodon -- A rock on the beach / Michel Ciment and Hubert Niogret -- That Barton Fink feeling : an interview with the Brothers Coen / Jim Emerson -- Inside the Coen heads / Tad Friend -- Closer to life than the conventions of cinema / Michel Ciment and Hubert Niogret -- This is a true story / David Bennum -- Making it clear : the Coen brothers / Gary Susman -- The Coens speak (reluctantly) / Doug Stone -- Coen job / Ray Pride -- The brothers Grim / Andy Lowe -- The logic of soft drugs / Michel Ciment and Hubert Niogret -- Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and The big Lebowski / Karen Jaehne -- The Coen brothers / David Bennun -- Gates of Ethan / Nicholas Patterson -- Double vision / Jonathan Romney -- Brothers in arms / Jim Ridley -- Joel and Ethan Coen / Nathan Rabin -- Filmmaker Ethan Coen / Terry Gross -- Pictures that do the talking / Andrew Pulver -- Joel and Ethan Coen / Gerald Peary -- Joel and Ethan Coen / Kristine McKenna -- Interview with Joel Coen / Smriti Mundhra -- Stealing the show : Tom Hanks and the Coen brothers gang up to remake The ladykillers / Dixie Reid -- My father lived in Croydon / Peter Bradshaw.
LCCN: 2005034188
ISBN: 1578068886 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9781578068883 (cloth : alk. paper)
ISBN: 1578068894 (pbk. : alk. paper)
ISBN: 9781578068890 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Call Number: 791.430233092273 Coe