Written by Josh Levine
ECW Press, 2000
|Joel and Ethan Coen are original, unflinching
filmmakers who have covered an incredibly diverse body of work, which is carefully looked
at in this book. You may not like every film these two brothers have made, but you have to
say that theyve made the films they wanted to see, whether or not there was an
audience for them.
Joel and Ethan grew up in a middle-class family in Minnesota. They were influenced by friend Sam Raimi, and have spent a lot of time on the East coast as Joel went to NYU and Ethan attended Princeton.
Josh Levine gets underneath how each of the brothers films came together and gives his opinion of what worked in each case. The chapters on BLOOD SIMPLE, RAISING ARIZONA and FARGO were really fun for me. The films Im most interested in seeing that I havent would have to be MILLERS CROSSING, BARTON FINK and THE BIG LEBOWSKI.
After reading this book, I think I have a better understanding of what makes the Coen brothers tick. For the unacquainted, this book is a great way to be introduced to the Coens artistry. If youre already a fan, dont be caught without this book.