Flamboyant visual style, richly conceived characters, crisp dialogue and brilliant casting - Joel and Ethan Coen have pulled off the ultimate balancing act. Despite having their movies financed and distributed by major studios, they have somehow managed to remain true independents, rejecting commercial cliches, and never giving up on their own fiercely idiosyncratic vision. From their startling noir debut, Blood Simple to the cons-on-the-run comedy O Brother, Where Art Thou?, all their movies reveal a distinctive stamp. In his biography of the sibling film-makers, Ronald Bergan traces the brothers' Jewish roots, their beginnings as film geeks in the suburbs of Minneapolis, their battles to get their first feature made and released. The updated version includes a new introduction and chapters on Intolerable Cruelty, The Ladykillers and The Man Who Wasn't There, bringing the book right up to date.
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Ronald Bergan is one of the world's best-known writers on film. He contributes to The Guardian and The Independent and has written numerous TV documentaries which have been broadcast all over the world. His books have been widely praised on both sides of the Atlantic.From Booklist:
The offbeat and idiosyncratic films of the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, two former film geeks from Minneapolis, Minnesota, have been hard to categorize. The eight films produced in the course of a career spanning nearly two decades incorporate the major genres of U.S. film (horror, comedy, mystery) but still are firmly anchored in the film noir tradition. For the first time, British film writer Bergan has compiled an in-depth account of the pair. Joel and Ethan are puckishly oblique with their interviewer, wryly eluding questions about the symbolism in their work and their creative process. Bergan does elicit much helpful information about their love for the pulp fiction of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett and the film noir classics of the '40s and '50s. He explores their films in depth, retrieving choice anecdotes about the inception of each film and life on the set working with their talented repertory group of actors. Bergan maintains an irreverent, almost absurd tone throughout the book, in effect mimicking the unpredictable art of his subjects. Overall, a very thoughtful and clever book. Ted Leventhal
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Descrizione libro Orion House, London, 2000. Hardcover, illus. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. First Edition; First Printing. NO defects. NO names or ANY markings. DJ not price clipped (£18.99) ; 242 pages. Codice libro della libreria 45478