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VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Brothers: Men of Constant Sorrow

Woe be to you if you should be so unlucky as to be a male character in a Coen Brothers film.
  • By Leigh Singer and Max Winter
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  • July 11, 2014 4:07 PM
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VIDEO ESSAY: The Coen Canon

Fear is at the root of much of what we consider humorous in films. The fear that something, whether it’s a job, a relationship, or some larger dramatic situation, might go wrong is always present in cinematic humor. This connection between fear and comedy gives the Coen brothers' films their power.
  • By Nelson Carvajal and Max Winter
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  • December 27, 2013 4:48 AM
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CANNES 2013: Joel and Ethan Coen's INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS

Plenty of films exist about struggling young artists trying to be great and failing in the process. But Joel and Ethan Coen’s "Inside Llewyn Davis" is unique in focusing on a great struggling young artist resigned to the idea of his own impending failure.
  • By Glenn Heath Jr.
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  • May 19, 2013 3:20 PM
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Nobody Gets Out of Life Alive: THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE

Some people find it disturbing that in Coen brothers films, the characters don't often have clear realistic referents and appear at first glance to be stereotypes, playthings created only to be sadistically ground up in the gears of a machine. I've never understood this objection.
  • By Drew Gardner
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  • April 19, 2013 11:56 AM
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The Big Lebowski a Masterpiece? That's Just, Like, Your Opinion, Man

Quite simply, The Big Lebowski does not belong among the canon of the Coens’ best films, no matter how much its fans and urban achievers protest.
  • By Alan Zilberman
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  • April 1, 2013 8:35 AM
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O Coen Brothers, Where Art God? A Conversation Between Matt Zoller Seitz and Jeffrey Overstreet

Do the Coens believe in God? Can we even say that for sure? Do they believe in the non-rational, the supernatural? Or are they just pranksters pulling our chains and hoping to spark conversation pieces like this one, while they sit there snickering?
  • By Jeffrey Overstreet and Matt Zoller Seitz
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  • March 31, 2013 2:36 AM
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The Circle of Life: THE HUDSUCKER PROXY

"The Hudsucker Proxy" is one of the Coens’ most outwardly frivolous movies, part of a group of ill-received farces that includes "Intolerable Cruelty," "The Ladykillers" and "Burn After Reading." But it’s often in their farces that the brothers grapple with some of their darkest themes.
  • By Sam Adams
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  • March 29, 2013 1:04 PM
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The Five Best Uses of Music in Coen Brothers Films

The Coen brothers' relationship to source music is as integral to their vision as recurring themes and subject matter. Like a signature shot or the way certain characters speak, a director’s song selection can reverberate throughout an oeuvre.
  • By Aaron Aradillas
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  • March 29, 2013 12:14 PM
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The Bleak Spaces and Blank Faces of FARGO

When Fargo was released, I felt that my home state of Minnesota had finally been given its "Oresteia," its "Njal's Saga," its "Double Indemnity." Over the ensuing years, however, the popular image created by the Coen Brothers' regional epic has been a questionable inheritance.
  • By Jed Mayer
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  • March 28, 2013 8:35 AM
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The Three Burials of NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN; Three Takes on Its Overrated Status

Though many consider "No Country for Old Men" to be an untouchable classic in the Coens’ oeuvre, it remains tonally flawed.
  • By Lincoln Flynn, Stacia Kissick Jones, and Alan Pyke
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  • March 27, 2013 8:35 AM
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  • 9 Comments

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