The co-author of Fargo and It’s Not a Country for Old People turns 65 today. Here is our tribute with five streaming films, waiting to see his “debut” as a solo artist.
He turns 65 today Ethan Coen, the other half of a couple of authors who have written fundamental pages in the history of cinema, American and beyond. Now that he seems to have artistically separated himself from his brother Joel and is preparing his first film by himself, we will probably understand which of the two possessed a greater comic-grotesque streak, a fundamental element of the extraordinary success of many of their masterpieces. Meanwhile, we offer you the usual five streaming movies to celebrate the art that Ethan Coen (together with his brother) has been able to create. Enjoy the reading.
Five streaming films (co) directed by Ethan Coen
- Blood Simple
- Where are you brother?
- It is not a country for old people
- The Grit
Blood Simple (1984)
The debut behind the camera is a classic of 80s noir, a personal elaboration of the genre that works on rhythm as a primary and specific construction of tension. The waiting sequences before the violence erupts are memorable, as is the use of light and shadow to create expressionistic photographic effects. Frances McDormand, John Getz And M. Emmett Walsh are a formidable trio of protagonists, which makes of Blood Simple – Easy blood an extraordinary film, already fully completed and precise. To be framed. Available on KILOS.
Another snowy and very violent noir – above all on a conceptual level – which marks one of the highest points of the Coen philosophy, hidden behind an aesthetic that makes simplicity and geometry its cornerstones. Fargo stars an impeccable Frances McDormand, who wins her first Oscar as a protagonist, alongside the statuette for the original screenplay. In the cast also bow Steve Buscemi, William H. Macy And Peter Stormare. Chilling and hypnotic film. Available on Rakuten TV, Google Play, Apple Itunes, Amazon Prime Video.
Where are you brother? (2000)
Brilliant “free” transposition of Homer’s Odyssey, with a trio of escapees who in the America of the plains and the Great Depression combine all the colors and meet the most absurd characters, such as the extraordinary Cyclops of John Goodman. Extraordinarily photographed by Roger Deakins, Where are you brother? is the best of the comical and light-hearted side of the Coens. George Clooney, Tim Blake Nelson And John Turturro as protagonists they are absolutely the best. Available on Rakuten TV, CHILI, Google Play, Apple Itunes.
No Country for Old Men (2007)
Cormac McCarthy’s novel is brought to the big screen by Ethan and Joel with an adherence to the philosophy of the text that becomes incredible personal interpretation, a reflection on the case that governs the life of each of us, even of the one who thinks he has designed the perfect plan. It is not a country for old people it is an extraordinary noir, iron and brutal but composed with an unusual elegance. In addition to the great protagonist Josh Brolin we also find a Javier Bardem from Oscar, Tommy Lee Jones, Woody Harrelson, Kelly MacDonald. Statuette for film, direction and adaptation. The best film of the year and perhaps the best ever of the Coens. Available on Rakuten TV, CHILI, Google Play, Apple Itunes, Amazon Prime Video.
We close with the first “official” western by the Coens who bring Charles Portis’ novel back to the cinema with painstaking attention to the development of sometimes silly characters, however powerful in their human dimension. Hailee Steinfelda majestic Jeff Bridges, Josh Brolin And Matt Damon are the protagonists of The Grit, an epic of the frontier and guns that breaks through the American box office, earns ten Oscar nominations but does not bring home even one. Because it is difficult to understand. A great pearl in Coenian filmography. Available on Rakuten TV, CHILI, Google Play, Apple Itunes, TIMVisionAmazon Prime Video.