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The Coen Brothers: Interviews (Conversations With Filmmakers Series) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2006/9
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Joel and Ethan Coen (b. 1954, 1957) started their careers in obscurity on a shoestring budget cajoled from family and friends in Minneapolis. Working entirely outside the studio system, the Coen brothers scored an unlikely first success in 1984 with their postmodern noir film Blood Simple. Two decades and nearly a dozen movies later, the Coens are now among the best-known writer/directors in Hollywood, turning out major studio releases featuring such stars as George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Tom Hanks.
The Coens' films all share a distinctive, quirky ambience that critics have come to identify as "that Coen brothers feeling." Tricky moving camera work, frequent use of the voiceover, homages to directors and cinematic genres, a fascination with unexpected and off-kilter violence, and omnipresent black humor are all defining elements of the Coens' cinematic world.
From such highly stylized movies as Barton Fink and The Man Who Wasn't There to more mainstream but dark comedies such as Raising Arizona, Intolerable Cruelty, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, the Coens are equally at home with existential despair and comic exuberance and are known for scripts packed with an obvious love for language. This collection of their most important interviews spans twenty years and is the most comprehensive published on the brothers.
William Rodney Allen teaches at Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts. He is the author of Walker Percy: A Southern Wayfarer and the editor of Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut, both published by University Press of Mississippi.
This book was published in 2006. It contains many classic verbatim translations of interviews with the Cohen Bothers about their works from the days before the Internet existed. Many exist only in VHS, radio, or other audio-visual formats that are not always easy to access. Before this book, print translations of these interviews were nonexistent.
If you’re doing comprehensive research into the Cohen Brothers, especially how they viewed their own films at the time they were making them, then this book will be an essential tool.
I used this book extensively recently when I was taking a three-month college-level seminar on the Cohen Brothers’ films. There were many times when I was able to share caveats from this book that provided significant new insights helpful to the entire class. I am pleased I purchased the book and recommend it to others in a similar academic situation.
expected. All and All I enjoyed it.