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The Coen Brothers

The Coen Brothers

ISBN: 9781419727405
By Adam Nayman; Illustrated by Telegramme Paper Co. (with Oliver Stafford and Jason Ngai)
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“A great gift for any Coen fan-boy or fan-girl in your life.” ―NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour

Combining critical text—biography, close film analysis, and enlightening interviews with key Coen collaborators—with a visual aesthetic that honors the Coens’ singular mix of darkness and levity, The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together is film critic Adam Nayman's carefully crafted effort to plot, as he puts it, “some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness.”

Ethan and Joel Coen have cultivated a bleakly comical, instantly recognizable voice in modern American cinema. They have given movie fans classics of all types—comedy, history, drama, romance. Their movies have a distinctive style and point of view: hilarious, sad, thoughtful, musical, sometimes all at once. When someone says a movie is Coen Brothers–like, every serious movie lover knows exactly what they mean.
Adam Nayman carefully sifts through their complex cinematic universe and covers their popular, award-winning, and unforgettable creations:
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Raising Arizona
  • Fargo
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • O Brother, Where Art Thou
  • Barton Fink
  • Miller’s Crossing
  • Blood Simple
  • The Hudsucker Proxy
  • And more!
Featuring film stills, beautiful and evocative illustrations, punchy infographics, and hard insight, this is the definitive exploration of the Coen brothers’ oeuvre.
“Filled with glossy, well-chosen pictures as well as thoughtful, eloquent analysis.” ―Filmmaker