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The brothers Grim : the films of Ethan and Joel Coen

Author: Erica Rowell
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007.
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In 1984 Joel and Ethan Coen burst onto the art-house film scene with their neo-noir Blood Simple and ever since then they have sharpened the cutting edge of independent film. Blending black humor and violence with unconventional narrative twists, their acclaimed movies evoke highly charged worlds of passion, absurdity, nightmare realms, and petty human failures, all the while revealing the filmmakers' penchant for  Read more...
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Rowell, Erica, 1965-
Brothers Grim.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2007
(OCoLC)647663067
Named Person: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen; Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Erica Rowell
ISBN: 9780810858503 0810858509
OCLC Number: 76898067
Description: xi, 379 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Contents: Blood simple : a photo --
Raising Arizona : a baby --
Miller's crossing : a hat --
Barton fink : a head --
The hudsucker proxy : a circle --
Fargo : snow --
The big Lebowski : a bowling ball --
O brother, where art thou? : a song --
The man who wasn't there : a flying saucer --
Intolerable cruelty and the ladykillers : spoils of Oh brother, where art thou?
Responsibility: Erica Rowell.
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In 1984 Joel and Ethan Coen burst onto the art-house film scene with their neo-noir Blood Simple and ever since then they have sharpened the cutting edge of independent film. Blending black humor and violence with unconventional narrative twists, their acclaimed movies evoke highly charged worlds of passion, absurdity, nightmare realms, and petty human failures, all the while revealing the filmmakers' penchant for visual jokes and bravura technical strokes. Their central characters may be blind to reality and individual flaws, but their illusions, dreams, fears, and desires map the boundaries of their worlds--worlds made stunningly memorable by the Coens. The Brothers Grim examines the inner workings of the Coens' body of work and exposes its roots and themes. Each chapter discusses a Coen brothers movie in terms of its primary themes, social and political contexts, narrative techniques, influences and relationship to their other films, and, more broadly, to cinema. Rowell also examines the Coens' referential modus operandi that retreads cinema, literature, history, philosophy, and art to amplify their films' themes. This comprehensive guide--enhanced by fifty photographs--is for anyone excited to read about the Coens' unique brand of cinema. -- Publisher.

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...well written and engaging. American Reference Books Annual, March 2008 Rowell (a journalist and film producer) titles each chapter examining a film from the prolific duo Joel and Ethan Coen (known Read more...

 
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