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Joel and Ethan Coen

Author: R Barton Palmer
Publisher: Urbana and Chicago : University of Illinois Press, ©2004.
Series: Contemporary film directors.
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"With landmark films such as Fargo, O Brother Where art Thou?, Blood Simple, and Raising Arizona, the Coen brothers have achieved both critical and commercial success. Proving the existence of a viable market for "small" films that are also intellectually rewarding, their work has exploded generic conventions amid rich webs of transtextural references. In Joel and Ethan Coen, R. Barton Palmer argues that the Coen  Read more...
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Palmer, R. Barton, 1946-
Joel and Ethan Coen.
Urbana and Chicago : University of Illinois Press, c2004
(OCoLC)607466051
Online version:
Palmer, R. Barton, 1946-
Joel and Ethan Coen.
Urbana and Chicago : University of Illinois Press, c2004
(OCoLC)607930448
Named Person: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen; Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Barton Palmer
ISBN: 0252029364 9780252029363 0252071859 9780252071850
OCLC Number: 53900807
Description: 207 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Contents: Introduction. A brief portrait of the artists --
A different meaning for the same old song : Blood simple --
The Coen brothers : postmodern filmmakers --
Uncertainty principle : The man who wasn't there --
The exotic everyday : Fargo --
The artist, mass culture, and the common man : Barton Fink and Raising Arizona --
Classic Hollywood redivivus : The Hudsucker proxy and O brother, where art thou? --
The Coen brothers interviewed.
Series Title: Contemporary film directors.
Responsibility: R. Barton Palmer.
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A postmodern analysis of the Coen brothers' approach to filmmaking.  Read more...

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"There is as yet only one book length analysis of any note [about the Coen Brothers] by a film scholar: R. Barton Palrmer's "Joel and Ethan Coen" (2004). . . . This is a book for those who have Read more...

 
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