The Coen Brothers: The Story of Two American Filmmakers by Josh Levine

By Josh Levine

Everything you desired to learn about the path of Fargo, the large Lebowski, and Barton Fink. A terrified girl plunges a knife in the course of the hand of her pursuer. A leftwing playwright turns to the lady in his mattress, purely to discover a river of blood. a toddler, deserted in the midst of the street, smiles fortunately. a qualified killer stuffs his accomplice right into a woodchipper whereas a pregnant cop pulls her gun. Welcome to the area of the Coen Brothers. With the destroy good fortune of Fargo (winner of 2 significant Academy Awards), the filmmaking group of Joel and Ethan Coen eventually acquired their deserved reputation. yet good ahead of that the 2 brothers have been writing and directing superb movies — from the film-noir mystery Blood uncomplicated, to the comedy elevating Arizona, to the gangster epic Miller’s Crossing, to the unusual Barton Fink. With every one movie they've got stunned fanatics and critics alike, constantly refusing to copy themselves or compromise their independence. Their upcoming George Clooney movie, O Brother, the place paintings Thou?, due out in October 2000, is without doubt one of the such a lot hugely expected motion pictures of the yr. whereas nonetheless of their early twenties, Joel and Ethan Coen raised the cash for his or her first movie — through knocking at the doorways of the wealthy in their local Minnesota. Starring an unknown actress named Frances McDormand (who could later develop into Joel’s wife), it was once an art-house hit and allowed the brothers to make elevating Arizona with Nicolas Cage and one other Coen brothers discovery, Holly Hunter. yet regardless of their excessive popularity, the brothers wouldn't make one other financially winning photograph for years. have been their motion pictures simply too offbeat and highbrow? after which got here Fargo. this is the tale of the way middle-class Minnesota boys have come to jot down, shoot, and direct probably the most grotesque, exhilarating, and humorous motion pictures of our time.

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