Editor and cinema addict Alexandre Gasulla released a brilliant VIMEO edit a month ago, and this video reminded me again that Joel & Ethan Coen are truly two of my American favorite filmmakers. With this captivating supercut of emotionally powerful, tragic, darkly comic, and visually stunning scenes from the Oscar-winning brothers. Watch below.
Joel & Ethan Coen – A Tribute (10:02)
Joel David Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Jesse Coen (born September 21, 1957), collectively referred to as the Coen brothers, are American filmmakers. Their films span many genres and styles, which they frequently subvert or parody. Their best-reviewed works include Barton Fink (1991), Fargo (1996), The Big Lebowski (1998), Oh Brother Where Art Thou (2000), No Country for Old Men (2007), True Grit (2010), and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013). They have been nominated for 13 Academy Awards together, plus one individual nomination for each, winning Best Original Screenplay for Fargo and Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for No Country for Old Men. The duo also won the Palme d’Or for Barton Fink, and were nominated for Fargo. (wikipedia)
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Enjoy the overview I created of all the great screenplays, edit’s, documentaries, video’s essays etc. the internet has to offer.
JANUARY 10, 2017 – Coen brothers turn to TV with western series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The film-making brothers join the golden age of television with an anthology miniseries set in the old west that could have a theatrical release. Variety reports that the film-making duo will come to the small screen and once again focus on the western genre after their 2011 film, True Grit.
Terrific video essay by Nelson Carvajal: ‘The Coen Canon.’
What makes a Coen Brothers film look like a Coen Brothers film? One stylistic element that seems to be rather prominent in all their films is the POV shot.
The Coen Brothers: POV Shots (02:15)
An excellent video essay that illustrates how two of Coen brothers’ films parallel and diverge from each other in the portrayals of their law(wo)men.
Take a 6-minute speed course storyboarding with Coen Brothers’ storyboard artist, J. Todd Anderson.
Michael Berenbaum, A.C.E. Discusses Barton Fink (1991).
Michael Berenbaum, ACE, has been editing feature films and television in New York for over twenty years. He has worked with such directors as Joel and Ethan Coen, John Turturro, Al Pacino, Julian Schnabel, and Martin Scorsese. Berenbaum discusses the manipulation of individual shots as seen in Barton Fink, the pacing of comedy, the magic of dialogue editing, and happy accidents on the set. This videos where produced by Manhattan Edit Workshop and edited by Dan Jamieson.
4.1 – 4.7 – THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of directors Joel and Ethan Coen.
Meet THE DIRECTORS SERIES, an educational/editorial non-profit collection of video and text essays by filmmaker Cameron Beyl. Have a look below at the 7-part brilliantly made Directors series of Directors Joel and Ethan Coen.
- The Directors Series – The Coen Brothers [4.1]
- The Directors Series – The Coen Brothers [4.2]
- The Directors Series – The Coen Brothers [4.3]
- The Directors Series – The Coen Brothers [4.4]
- The Directors Series – The Coen Brothers [4.5]
- The Directors Series – The Coen Brothers [4.6]
- The Directors Series- The Coen Brothers [4.7]
Watch BBC’s 40-Minute Documentary on The Coen Brothers.
During the promotional campaign for O Brother, Where Art Thou? in 1999, the BBC showed a 50 minute documentary about the Coen brothers. It was mainly concerned with the Coen’s past and featured interviews with many of the actors that have worked with the Coens along with family, friends and crew members. “Not only do we get to see yearbook photos of Joel and Ethan (very jealous of Ethan’s fro), but we get to hear about their comedic sensibilities, impeccable writing, and use of storyboards to get their whole cast and crew involved in the making of each film.”
The Coen Brothers (2000) (41:38)
Blood Simple. (1984)
Even though it’s not of vital importance that Blood Simple is the filmmaking debut of the Coen brothers, this trivia makes the success of it even more impressive. Back in 1984 Joel and Ethan made a film that is now considered one of the best modern film noirs. A monumentally important screenplay [PDF]
Blood Simple – Investor Trailer
Coen Brothers Blood Simple
Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared in the April 1998 issue of Venice Magazine
Storyboarding BLOOD SIMPLE
Cinematographer Roger Deakins
Does the talented cinematographer behind films like The Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, and almost every Coen Brothers film since Fargo need an introduction? Watch Deakins: Shadows In The Valley — a brilliant tribute to 11 time Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins (67)…
DEAKINS: Shadows In The Valley (05:07)
- What You Should Know About Roger Deakins
- ‘Sicario’ cinematographer Roger Deakins - Variety Artisans
- Roger Deakins’ Favorite Scenes : No Country for Old Men
- The Big Lebowski – Jesus scene
- The Making of No Country For Old Men
- Cinematographer Roger Deakins on working with the Coen Brothers & Martin Scorsese
- Roger Deakins interviewed by Jeff Bridges
110 of the world’s top cinematographers discuss the art of how and why films look the way they do – Cinematographer Style (2006)
The casual film fan is likely to stumble if asked to explain the cinematographer’s role in the movie-making process. The person who lights, frames and films the actors, the cinematographer is in some ways even more powerful than the director. Filmmaker Jon Fauer interviews numerous cinematographers, including Gordon Willis and Roger Deakins — who shot “The Godfather” trilogy and “Fargo,” respectively — in this illuminating discussion of the craft of cinematography. Watch the full doc below.
- Cinematographer Style (2006) (1h 26min)
- Michael Seresin: ” Cinematographers Are Often More Important Then Directors, But There’s No Need for the Public to Know. “
The Coen Bros. On Writing, ‘Lebowski’ And Literally Herding Cats
If you ask the Coen brothers about how they write their films, you might not get a straight answer. “It’s mostly napping,” Ethan tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross. Listen to the full interview here.
- The Coen Brothers. On Writing (NPR) (37:53)
- The Dudes Abide: The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski (Kindle Single)
The Dude Who Inspired ‘The Dude’ in the Coen Brothers’ ‘The Big Lebowski’
Yes, folks….the Dude still abides (Clip)…..Filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig made a 19-minute documentary in 2012 called ‘The Dude,’ namely on the real dude Jeff Dowd. Most surprising of this short is the footage of Dowd’s younger years. After fighting the government and resisting the draft in the Vietnam War, he spent a year in jail, then went on to market independent films. The real story is that Jeff Dowd met Robert Redford in the early days of the actor’s Sundance Film Festival, and connected with “Lebowski” directors Joel and Ethan Coen in 1984. From there, the Dude became as we all know a legend! Unfortunately the short was taking off vimeo. But you can still watch some part of it via UPROXX here
THE ESSENTIAL COEN BROTHERS SCREENPLAYS EVERY ASPIRING SCREENWRITER MUST READ:
- Joel and Ethan Coen’s screenplay for Blood Simple
- Joel and Ethan Coen’s screenplay for Miller’s Crossing
- Joel and Ethan Coen’s screenplay for Fargo
- Joel and Ethan Coen’s screenplay for The Big Lebowski
- Joel and Ethan Coen’s screenplay for No Country for Old Men
The Directors Series – A collection of video essays examining the work and careers of contemporary and classic film directors.
Photo credit: Joel & Ethan Coen on the set of Fargo, 1996. Production still photographer: Melinda Sue Gordon © PolyGram Filmed Entertainment – Working Title Films. Distributed by Gramercy Pictures.