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The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together (Hardcover)
“Fans . . . will appreciate this oversized guide to their offbeat oeuvre.” ―Newsday “A great gift for any Coen fan-boy or fan-girl in your life.” ―NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour “Filled with glossy, well-chosen pictures as well as thoughtful, eloquent analysis.” ―Filmmaker
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.
In The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, film critic Adam Nayman carefully sifts through their complex cinematic universe in an effort to plot, as he puts it, “some Grand Unified Theory of Coen-ness.” He covers all their popular, award-winning, and unforgettable creations:
The Big Lebowski
Inside Llewyn Davis
O Brother, Where Art Thou
The Hudsucker Proxy
The book combines 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. Featuring film stills, beautiful and evocative illustrations, punchy infographics, and hard insight, this book will be the definitive exploration of the Coen brothers’ oeuvre.
About the Author
Adam Nayman is a contributing editor for Cinema Scope and writes on film for The Ringer, Sight and Sound, Reverse Shot, and Little White Lies. He has written books on Showgirls and the films of Ben Wheatley, and lectures on cinema and journalism at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.
“…fans of Joel and Ethan Coen will appreciate this oversized guide to their offbeat oeuvre…”—Newsday
“...it would make a great gift for any Coen fan-boy or fan-girl in your life.”—NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour
“…a marvelous mixture of well-designed coffee table book and thoughtful analysis of a filmmaking team…”—Flavorwire
“..this detailed compendium is a cinephile’s delight.” —BookPage
"… film critic Adam Nayman weaves biography, critical analysis, and interviews with Coen collaborators (including longtime cinematographer Roger Deakins) to present the definitive history of the Coen brothers oeuvre.”—Indiewire
“Packed with full page color stills, behind-the-scenes stories, interviews and insightful analysis of each film, this book will put a smile on the face of all film buffs.”—The Detroit Free Press
"...filled with glossy, well-chosen pictures as well as thoughtful, eloquent analysis..."—Filmmaker Magazine
"...a deep dive into the Coen cinematic universe."—PureWow
“...this book is sure to please the ultimate Coen brothers fan.” —The Wichita Eagle
"...a king-sized guide to the filmmaker’s offbeat oeuvre combining critical text, biography, close film analysis, and enlightening interviews with key Coen collaborators all in one big package."—The Playlist