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The Resource The Coen Brothers' America, M. Keith Booker

The Coen Brothers' America, M. Keith Booker

Label
The Coen Brothers' America
Title
The Coen Brothers' America
Statement of responsibility
M. Keith Booker
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"For more than three decades, Joel and Ethan Coen have produced some of the most unique and thought-provoking works in modern cinema. In broad comedies such as Raising Arizona, violent thrillers like No Country for Old Men, and black comedies such as Fargo, the filmmakers have offered brilliant takes on a variety of film genres. One of the most distinctive features of their movies is their skewed view of America itself. In The Coen Brothers' America, M. Keith Booker discusses feature films produced by the pair since their 1984 debut Blood Simple. The author focuses on how the Coen brothers' films engage with American cultural history and are embedded in specific geographical settings. From New York to Los Angeles, from Texas to Minnesota, the Coens capture the essence of real locations from unusual angles, which often make the films appear as if they are taking place in an alternate reality. In addition, many of the brothers' films are steeped in America's cultural past, from the deep south of the 1930s in O Brother, Where Art Thou to the Greenwich Village of the 1960s in Inside Llewyn Davis. The Coens make particularly effective use of films from Hollywood's Golden Age, producing their own updated versions of such genres as film noir (The Man Who Wasn't There), the Western (True Grit), and screwball comedy (The Hudsucker Proxy)--not to mention their idiosyncratic depictions of Hollywood itself in Barton Fink and Hail Caesar! This book also explores how the Coens draw upon cultural phenomena outside of film, including literature, music, and television. Approaching each film within the framework of Ethan and Joel's overall vision. The Coen Brothers' America provides an entertaining look at the pair's work that will appeal to scholars and fans alike." --
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Publisher's website
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Booker, M. Keith
Dewey number
791.4302/330922
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1998.3.C6635
LC item number
B66 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Coen, Joel
  • Coen, Ethan
  • United States
  • National characteristics, American, in motion pictures
Label
The Coen Brothers' America, M. Keith Booker
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Into the sunset: variations on the western in No country for Old Men and True Grit
  • Introduction: Hollywood as alternate reality in the films of the Coen brothers
  • Paint it black: film noir, Blood Simple, and The Man Who Wasn't There
  • What's up, doc?: anarchic comedy in Raising Arizona, The Ladykillers, and Burn after Reading
  • Joel and Ethan do Hammett and Chandler: Miller's Crossing, The Big Lebowski, and the hard-boiled tradition
  • How the sausage gets made: inside the Hollywood film industry in Barton Fink and Hail, Caesar!
  • Star-crossed lovers: The Hudsucker Proxy, Intolerable Cruelty, and the American tradition of screwball comedy
  • Laughing to keep from dying in the suburbs: black comedy in Fargo and A Serious Man
  • From soggy bottom to Greenwich Village: American music in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Inside Llewyn Davis
Control code
on1064725467
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 215 pages
Isbn
9781538120866
Lccn
2018052705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1064725467
Label
The Coen Brothers' America, M. Keith Booker
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Into the sunset: variations on the western in No country for Old Men and True Grit
  • Introduction: Hollywood as alternate reality in the films of the Coen brothers
  • Paint it black: film noir, Blood Simple, and The Man Who Wasn't There
  • What's up, doc?: anarchic comedy in Raising Arizona, The Ladykillers, and Burn after Reading
  • Joel and Ethan do Hammett and Chandler: Miller's Crossing, The Big Lebowski, and the hard-boiled tradition
  • How the sausage gets made: inside the Hollywood film industry in Barton Fink and Hail, Caesar!
  • Star-crossed lovers: The Hudsucker Proxy, Intolerable Cruelty, and the American tradition of screwball comedy
  • Laughing to keep from dying in the suburbs: black comedy in Fargo and A Serious Man
  • From soggy bottom to Greenwich Village: American music in O Brother, Where Art Thou? and Inside Llewyn Davis
Control code
on1064725467
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xvi, 215 pages
Isbn
9781538120866
Lccn
2018052705
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1064725467

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