4. Joel & Ethan Coen
JOEL & ETHAN COEN
FARGO, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, RAISING ARIZONA, THE BIG LEBOWSKI, BARTON FINK
I remember hearing once that the Coen brothers’ movies tend to be made on time and under budget. That’s not really surprising, given that their films often seem as though they were fully realized before even the first frame was photographed. Everything happens deliberately in the Coens’ movies, which is probably why they tend to come in at a reasonable running time. With their precise understanding of the mechanics of telling pictures through images and their filmic craftsmanship, they bring to mind Alfred Hitchcock but with a much crueler sense of humor and self-awareness. As in the best examples of post-modernism, their movies tend to be as much about their characters and themes as they are about the genres in which they take place.
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