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America Through The Cinema Of The Coen Brothers

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America Through The Cinema Of The Coen Brothers

Speaking of cinema is assumed that the emergence of the United States, and for obvious reasons. Obvious, but does not stipulate that the quality of the products is equal to capital expenditure and receipts at the box office. But it’s not all gold that glitters is equally true that since 1894 (the date of the first screenings of Thomas Edison) to date we have been able to benefit from the highest quality products come from overseas. And it is for exactly a century after the creation of cinetofono, and then the film with a lot of sound, taking their first steps as a protagonist Ethan and Joel Coen, two young brothers who will give life to a series of masterpieces of American filmography, telling the America with an eye for character and detail. A movie theater, their, sophisticated and irreverent, grotesque, innovative, surprising and sometimes ambiguous, which moves in all genres, leaving a strong impression, a trademark, brilliant and full of a very strong styling. Although they have always enjoyed considerable critical consideration at the two brothers, natives of St. Louis Park, a suburb of Minneapolis, reject any type of diva-like attitude, in life and in relationships with people. Traits that often emerge in the characters created specifically for their films and masterfully played by many actors, some of which are often present in several of their films, such as John Goodman, phenomenal character actor, John Turturro and Frances McDorman, among other things, became the wife of Joel Coen. And America with its contradictions that emerge stronger in the films of the Coen brothers to start from Raising Arizona, delirious history typically American with a huge Nicolas Cage. After a few years comes the final seal with the Oscar for Fargo, the 1996 masterpiece steeped in macabre kind of humor that is their trademark.

Jeff Bridges in Il Grande lebowsky

Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowsky

And one of the golden moments for the two brothers  in fact, the next movie (1998) is that The Big Lebowski, still among the most popular. Two years later, the crew will come down to Mississippi for a successful and brilliant parody of Homer’s Odyssey titled O Brother Where Art Thou? A story of pomade, bluegrass, blues, crossroads, bank robbers and idiotic members of the Ku Klux Klan, which culminated with a great flood of the Mississippi River. To underline the soundtrack, without a shadow of a doubt one of the best in the history of cinema that shows, once again, the peculiarity in even the smallest of details of the two directors. It remains in the province, as in almost all of their films, and – in 2001 – sees the light The Man Who Wasn’t There, work in black and white that tells the story of a taciturn barber of the U.S. province of the fifties. Only the two brothers were able to transfer images to the words written by Cormack McCarthy and dust of Texas at that No Country For Old Men which came out in 2007, also won the Oscar, which involves the participation of an incredible Javier Bardem in the role of a creepy and ruthless killer. We could not miss a parody of the Jewish community in the tragicomic human stories that intertwine in A Serious Man (2009), portrayed in a specific historical period. Movies rich in biblical references, always on the verge of frenzy characterized by a note somewhere between the sneering nihilism and painful that, at times, reminiscent of Woody Allen’s Crimes and Misdemeanors. Among the many genres explored the western missing and then you go back to Texas for a film difficult to label. True Grit (2010), adapted from the novel by Charles Portis – which had also inspired the eponymous film starring John Wayne – is a masterpiece where the Coen and pay homage to reinvent the western genre, bringing a huge Jeff Bridges to reinterpret the Dude de The Big Lebowski in a film that will leave a mark.

una scena tratta da Inside Llewyn Davis

a scene by Inside Llewyn Davis

Sign leave that, we believe, the brand new (not yet released in Italian) film set, this time in New York of the ’60s and titled Inside Llewyn Davis narrates the vicissitudes of a musician who only goes in the existence daily Washington Square in Greenwich Village, to paraphrase the life of folk singer Dave Van Ronk. A film that seems to come out of the masterpiece dall’autunnale cover The Freewheelin ‘Bob Dylan, and even more presents to us that America is so dear to Travel For Fans and his travels in search of the “American Dream.”

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