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Encyclopedia > Joel and Ethan Coen
Joel and Ethan Coen at Cannes 2001

Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly known as "The Coen Brothers" have written and directed numerous successful films, such as comedies O Brother Where Art Thou, Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski, as well as darker film noir dramas such as Fargo, Miller's Crossing and Blood Simple. The brothers write, direct and produce their films jointly, although until recently Joel received sole credit for directing and Ethan for producing, while they alternate top billing for the screenplay. The brothers work so closely and share such a strong vision of what their films are to be that actors say that they can approach either brother with a question and get the same answer. The brothers are known in the film business as "the two-headed director". The pair are frequently credited on their own films as editor under the name "Roderick Jaynes". Image File history File links COEN_Brothers_(cannesPH). ... Image File history File links COEN_Brothers_(cannesPH). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... This is a list of film-related events in 2001. ... O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a musical comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression. ... Raising Arizona is a quirky, offbeat, and humorous 1987 Coen Brothers film starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and Randall Tex Cobb. ... The Big Lebowski is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... Fargo is a 1996 dramatic and dark comedy film created by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... Millers Crossing (1990) is a gangster film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... Blood Simple is a neo-noir film, the debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, writers and directors of Fargo, The Man Who Wasnt There, and Raising Arizona, among others. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed. ...

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Biographies

Joel Coen was born November 29, 1954 and Ethan followed on September 21, 1957. The brothers grew up in a Jewish family in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. Their parents, Edward and Rena Coen, were both professors, their father specializing in economics at the University of Minnesota and their mother in art history at St. Cloud State University. November 29 is the 333rd (in leap years the 334th) day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 21 is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years). ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... Location Location in Hennepin County Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Minnesota Hennepin County Founded Incorporated 1852 November 19, 1886 Mayor Jeff Jacobs (DFL) Geographical characteristics Area     City 28. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant Location Location in Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota. ... A professor giving a lecture The meaning of the word professor (Latin: one who claims publicly to be an expert) varies. ... Buyers bargain for good prices while sellers put forth their best front in Chichicastenango Market, Guatemala. ... Washington Avenue Bridge at night The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, almost always abbreviated U of M, is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. ... This article is about the academic discipline of art history. ... St. ...


When they were kids, Joel saved up enough money from mowing lawns to buy a Vivitar Super-8 camera, and together they remade movies they saw on television with a neighborhood kid, Mark Zimering (a.k.a. Zeimers), as the star. For example, Cornel Wilde's The Naked Prey (1966) became Zeimers in Zambia, which also featured Ethan as a native with a spear. Cornel Wilde Cornelius Louis Wilde (October 13, 1915 – October 16, 1989) was an American actor. ...


Both of the Coen brothers attended Simon's Rock Early College (now Simon's Rock College of Bard) in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Simon's Rock is designed for bright students seeking to start their undergraduate education earlier than is normal. After graduating from Simon's Rock, Joel spent four years in the undergraduate film program at New York University where he made a 30-minute thesis film called Soundings. The film depicted a woman engaged in sex with her deaf boyfriend while verbally fantasizing about having sex with her boyfriend's best friend, who is listening in the next room. After also graduating from Simon's Rock, Ethan went to school at Princeton University and earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy. His senior thesis was a 39-page essay entitled, “Two Views of Wittgenstein’s Later Philosophy.” Simons Rock College of Bard Simons Rock College of Bard, also abbreviated as Simons Rock College and Simons Rock or, simply, The Rock , is a small liberal arts college located in the small town of Great Barrington (population 7,527), in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... Great Barrington is a town located in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. ... New York University (NYU) is a major research university in New York City. ... Princeton University is a coeducational private university located in Princeton, New Jersey. ... Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951), pictured here in 1930, made influential contributions to Logic and the philosophy of language, critically examining the task of conventional philosophy and its relation to the nature of language. ...


After graduating from NYU, Joel worked as a production assistant on a variety of industrial films and music videos. He developed a talent for film editing and met Sam Raimi, who was looking for an assistant editor on his first feature film, The Evil Dead (1981). Samuel Marshall Sam Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, and writer. ... The Evil Dead (also known as The Book of The Dead , Sam Raimis The Evil Dead and The Evil Dead, the Ultimate Experience in Grueling Terror) is a 1981 horror film directed and written by Sam Raimi, starring Bruce Campbell. ...


Joel has been married to actress Frances McDormand since 1994; they have an adopted baby named Pedro. Ethan is married to film editor Tricia Cooke. McDormand in a promotional photo for The Man Who Wasnt There (2001) Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an Academy Award-winning American film, stage, and television actress. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ...


Stylistic devices

Owing a heavy debt to film noir and other film styles of the past, the Coen brothers' films combine dry humor with sharp irony and shocking visuals, most often in moving camera shots. The Coens prefer not to put the opening credits at the very beginning of the film. This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ...


Dialogue

In all of the Coens' films, the most important element is dialogue. The films typically feature a combination of dry wit, exaggerated language, and glaring irony. The brothers frequently use dialogue to develop characters and advance the plot. Dialogue is so important that many of the action scenes are driven by characters' lines rather than physical actions. A good example of this is in ‘The Big Lebowski’ when the Nihilists confront the group, demanding money. The majority of the scene is based around the witty dialogue of Walter Sobchak and his outrageous response to their demands ("No, without a hostage, there is no ransom. That's what ransom is. Those are the fucking rules."). The exaggerated language is sometimes erudite (as in Tom's "if I'd known we were going to cast our feelings into words, I'd have memorized the Song of Solomon"), but more often failed erudition, ("Jesus, Tom, I was just speculatin' about a hypothesis" (Miller's Crossing), and ("You know, it's proven that second-hand smoke is, uh, carcin- ... uh, you know, cancer agent" (Fargo), and the Dude's imitation of Maude's "in the parlance of our times," appending it with "You know?... Man?" (The Big Lebowski)). The Big Lebowski is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... The Song of Solomon or Song of Songs (Hebrew title שיר השירים, Shir ha-Shirim) is a book of the Hebrew Bible—Tanakh or Old Testament—one of the five megillot. ... Denotative Meaning of the Word Erudite/Erudition The word Erudition came into Middle English from Latin. ...


Blood and guts

The Coens also show a fascination with blood and vomit; Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Blood Simple and The Man Who Wasn't There all show elaborate puddles of blood, whereas in Fargo it's a wide spray in the snow coming from a wood chipper; Tom vomits in Miller's Crossing once off-screen at his house and once on-screen in the crossing itself; Marty vomits in Ray's yard in Blood Simple, and then vomits again on the floor later (but this time it's a torrent of blood); Charlie vomits off-screen in Barton Fink; and Marge bends over to vomit but doesn't in Fargo. Human blood smear: a - erythrocytes; b - neutrophil; c - eosinophil; d - lymphocyte. ... Vomiting (or emesis) is the forceful expulsion of the contents of ones stomach through the mouth. ... Millers Crossing (1990) is a gangster film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... Barton Fink is a 1991 film by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... Blood Simple is a neo-noir film, the debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, writers and directors of Fargo, The Man Who Wasnt There, and Raising Arizona, among others. ... For other uses, see The Man Who Wasnt There (disambiguation). ...


Film noir and misunderstanding

Stylistically, Coen brothers movies show a heavy debt to film noir, featuring stark contrast in lighting (most notably in Blood Simple, Miller's Crossing, and Fargo) and the typical theme of people being in over their heads working on a scheme. Their movies often deal with kidnapping. A near universal plot device is misunderstanding: misunderstanding over who killed Rug Daniels and who took his hair causes friction between different mobs in Miller's Crossing; misunderstanding of Norville's blueprint causes him some grief later in The Hudsucker Proxy; everyone except for the nihilists in The Big Lebowski misunderstands Bunny's kidnapping; and in Blood Simple, misunderstanding is the driving force behind the entire plot past the thirty-minute mark. The Coen brothers' film The Man Who Wasn't There pays homage to film noir, with a plot that seems an update/twist of The Postman Always Rings Twice. The film is in black and white and has been lauded by various critics for both its cinematography and its sharply drawn, fairly sympathetic characters, though many critics take issue with the sharp turn in plot towards the end. This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... For other uses, see The Man Who Wasnt There (disambiguation). ... The Postman Always Rings Twice is a 1946 film based on the 1934 novel by James M. Cain. ...


Depictions of various cities, states, and regions of America

The various aspects that make the character of a city, state or region of America are an integral component in several Coen brothers films. Raising Arizona strongly features the distinct Arizona landscape, and some of the movie's characters are stereotypes of typical Arizonans. Similarly, in Fargo the landscape and accents of North Dakota and Minnesota are an essential component of the film. The Big Lebowski is the Coens' Los Angeles film, with the Dude and other characters emblematic of the city's eclectic population. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is distinctly Southern, as it was filmed in rural Mississippi, most of the characters speak with pronounced Southern accents, and the soundtrack is a mix of old country and folk songs. Barton Fink is in some respects a satire on another famous area of Los Angeles, Hollywood. The Hudsucker Proxy is New York, etc. There are several scenes in the movie that, in the Coen brothers' distinctly farcical way, paint the movie industry, and movie executives in particular, in a very unflattering light. Raising Arizona is a quirky, offbeat, and humorous 1987 Coen Brothers film starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and Randall Tex Cobb. ... Official language(s) None Capital Phoenix Largest city Phoenix Area  Ranked 6th  - Total 113,998 sq mi (295,254 km²)  - Width 310 miles (500 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 0. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Official language(s) English Capital Bismarck Largest city Fargo Area  Ranked 19th  - Total 70,762 sq mi (183,272 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 2. ... Official language(s) English Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... The U.S. Southern states or the South, also known colloquially as Dixie, constitute a distinctive region covering a large portion of the United States, with its own unique heritage, historical perspective, customs, musical styles, and cuisine. ... Official language(s) English Capital Jackson Largest city Jackson Area  Ranked 32nd  - Total 48,434 sq mi (125,443 km²)  - Width 170 miles (275 km)  - Length 340 miles (545 km)  - % water 3  - Latitude 30°13N to 35°N  - Longitude 88°7W to 91°41W Population  Ranked 31st... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) In popular music, country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic music, blues, gospel music, and old-time music that began... Folk music, in the original sense of the term, is music by and of the common people. ... ...


The Coens also often set their movies in times of American crises: Miller's Crossing during prohibition, Barton Fink in the time around the attack on Pearl Harbor, The Big Lebowski during the 1991 Gulf War, and O Brother Where Art Thou? during the Great Depression. Interestingly, their film Intolerable Cruelty is set in the present day. This article is about the prohibition of alcoholic beverages; separate articles on the prohibition of drugs in general and writs of prohibition are also available. ... Combatants United States of America Imperial Japan Commanders Husband Kimmel (USN), Walter Short (USA) Chuichi Nagumo (IJN) Strength 8 battleships, 8 cruisers, 29 destroyers, 9 submarines, ~50 other ships, ~390 planes 6 aircraft carriers, 2 battleships, 3 cruisers, 9 destroyers, 8 tankers, 23 fleet submarines, 5 midget submarines, 441 planes... Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf, Sir Patrick Hine, Michel Roquejeoffre Saddam Hussein, Ali Hassan al-Majid, Hussein Kamel Strength 660,000 545,000 Casualties 345 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 - 100,000 dead, 100,000 - 300,000 wounded The 1991 Gulf War (also called the... The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn, starting in 1929 (although it effects were not fully felt until late in 1930) and lasting through most of the 1930s. ...


Violence

The majority of the Coens' films are extremely violent. In every one of their films (except "O Brother Where Art Thou") there is at least one death and, in many cases, multiple deaths. In their lighter films, e.g., The Hudsucker Proxy, the plot is unleashed by the suicide of Waring Hudsucker, or in The Ladykillers all of the main characters die in an attempt to dispose of a body. In some of their more graphic films, e.g., Fargo, most of the main characters die or are assaulted, all of which is portrayed onscreen; in one particularly graphic scene a character's body is processed by a wood chipper. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) is a screwball comedy film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, telling a fictitious story about the invention of the hula hoop. ... 2004 Movie poster for The Ladykillers The Ladykillers was a remake of the 1955 Ealing Studios comedy of the same name and was remade by the Coen Brothers in 2004 starring Tom Hanks. ...


The majority of the violence in their films falls under the category of dark humor. One of the most comic scenes in The Big Lebowski is when Walter, The Dude and Donny fight the Nihilists. The Coens always use violence to drive the plot forward; for example, in Fargo Carl Showalters' assault by Shep Proudfoot drives Carl to call Jerry and tell him to deliver the money. Black comedy, also known as black humor, is a subgenre of comedy and satire where topics and events normally treated seriously – death, mass murder, sickness, madness, terror, drug abuse, et cetera – are treated in a humorous or satirical manner. ... Nihilism, literally, means belief in nothing. ...


Overall, acts of violence are never wasted in a Coen brothers' film, and often these scenes are written into the script for comic effect or to advance the script.


Camera techniques

Visually, the Coens favor moving camera shots, especially tracking shots (the camera is placed on a track, or dolly, or the use of a Steadicam is employed. The camera then follows and moves with the subject of the shot) and crane shots; even when the camera is "static" it is often still drifting slightly. Their films are also distinguished by cinematic visual flourishes that mark turning points. To film this recreated Victorian London street scene, the cameraman next to the lamp post is using a steadicam and wearing the harness required to support it. ...


The "Raimi cam" rush

Occasionally in their tracking shots they "rush" the camera forward, as in the scene in Raising Arizona where Nathan Jr. is discovered missing; the Coen brothers dubbed the rush forward the "Raimi cam" in tribute to their longtime friend and director Sam Raimi, who used rushes extensively in Evil Dead (which Joel Coen helped edit). The Hudsucker Proxy features not one, but two, consecutive rushes when Norville shows Mussburger's secretary the Blue Letter: first on the mouth of the lady screaming on the ladder, and then on Norville reacting to the scream. Samuel Marshall Sam Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, and writer. ... -1...


Lenses

The Coen brothers' earlier films (with the exception of Miller's Crossing) made extensive use of wide-angle lenses, which are the preferred lenses of their regular cinematographer, Barry Sonnenfeld. When Sonnenfeld left to pursue a directing career he was replaced by Roger Deakins, who has been trying to wean the Coens off these lenses since wide angle lenses allow great depth of field, but cause considerable distortion in the apparent size of objects based on how far they are from the camera. Deakins has been working towards longer lenses, which appear to shorten the distance between objects but have shallower depth of field. In photography and cinematography, a wide-angle lens is a lens whose focal length is shorter than the focal length of a normal lens. ... American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... Roger Deakins (born May 24, 1949 Torquay, Devon, England) is a cinematographer. ... An example of very shallow depth of field in a macro photograph. ...


Camera angles

The Coen brothers use camera angles, which sometimes hide rather than reveal information as in Fargo when Jean Lundegaard hides in the shower, in Miller's Crossing when Tom goes into his room after Leo leaves (Verna is on the bed behind him), and in Blood Simple when Abby is sitting up in bed with Ray and the Volkswagen pulls up outside her window. The camera angle or camera setup marks the specific location at which a camera is placed to take a shot. ...


Disguised cuts

They also frequently "hide" their cuts in close-ups on an object, in the style of Alfred Hitchcock's Rope: one obvious occurrence in Fargo is when Carl bangs on the television to get it to work, and when the picture comes in it is a cut to Marge's television as seen from her bed; a similar cut in Miller's Crossing happens when the close up of the window at Vernie's house pans away to show a man dead on the floor at another; in The Hudsucker Proxy when Amy Archer is cheering "Go Eagles!" after Norville hires her, the film cuts to her showing the same cheer to her coworker at the newspaper; and in Blood Simple when the "close-up" of the ceiling fan over Marty's head at the bar turns out to be from Abby's point of view on the couch at Ray's house. Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a British film director and producer, a master of the suspense thriller genre. ... Rope (1948) is an Alfred Hitchcock film notable for appearing to be one continuous shot. ...


Other techniques

Storyboarding

The Coen brothers storyboard their films completely before filming (unlike most directors, who only storyboard complex shots such as action sequences). They state that it helps them get the budget they want as they can show where most of the money will be going. A storyboard for an 8-minute animated cartoon. ...


Color correction

O Brother, Where Art Thou? was the first film fully color corrected from start to finish with digital techniques. The brothers wanted the scenery to reflect the "dust-bowl" atmosphere of the Depression and, since the actual landscape for many of the scenes was much lusher and greener than the desired effect, massive color correction was required. This, in turn, required extensive color correction throughout the film, thus the use of graphic computers to perform the correction. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic downturn, starting in 1929 (although it effects were not fully felt until late in 1930) and lasting through most of the 1930s. ...


The Coen brothers' circle

The Coens used cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld through Miller's Crossing until Sonnenfeld left to pursue his own successful directing career, including such films as The Addams Family, Get Shorty, and most notably Men in Black. Roger A. Deakins has been the Coen brothers' cinematographer since Sonnenfeld's departure (see List of noted film director and cinematographer collaborations). American film maker Barry Sonnenfeld (born New York City, April 1, 1953) worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black. ... The Addams Family is the creation of American cartoonist Charles Addams. ... European book cover Get Shorty is a novel by American novelist Elmore Leonard, first published in 1990, and a movie adaptation of the same name, released in 1995. ... Men in Black is a 1997 science fiction comedy action film directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith and Vincent DOnofrio. ... Roger Deakins (born May 24, 1949 Torquay, Devon, England) is a cinematographer. ... The following cinematographers and film directors typically work together on projects. ...


Sam Raimi also helped write The Hudsucker Proxy, which the Coen brothers directed; and the Coen brothers helped write Crimewave, which Raimi directed. Raimi took tips about filming A Simple Plan from the Coen brothers, who had recently finished Fargo (both films are set in blindingly white snow, which reflects a lot of light and can make metering for a correct exposure tricky). Samuel Marshall Sam Raimi (born October 23, 1959) is an American film director, producer, and writer. ... Director Sam Raimis first studio film following the success of The Evil Dead. ... A Simple Plan is a novel by American novelist Scott B. Smith. ...


William Preston Robertson is an old friend of the Coens who helped them with re-shoots on Blood Simple and provided the voice of the radio evangelist. He is listed in the credits as the "Rev. William Preston Robertson." He has provided vocal talents on most of the Coens' films up to and including The Big Lebowski. He also wrote The Making of The Big Lebowski with Tricia Cooke. Blood Simple is a neo-noir film, the debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, writers and directors of Fargo, The Man Who Wasnt There, and Raising Arizona, among others. ... The Big Lebowski is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. ...


The Coen brothers have a number of actors who they frequently cast, including John Turturro, Michael Badalucco, Steve Buscemi, Frances McDormand, John Goodman, and Jon Polito, all of whom have appeared in at least three Coen productions. They are planning a third film with George Clooney following O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000) and Intolerable Cruelty (2003), which will complete their Idiot Trilogy. John Turturro (born February 28, 1957) is an Italian-American actor noted for his performances in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), The Color of Money (1986), Five Corners (1987), Do the Right Thing (1989), and Men of Respect (1991). ... Michael Badalucco (born December 20, 1954) is an American actor most famous for his role as lawyer Jimmy Berluti on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Steve Buscemi. ... McDormand in a promotional photo for The Man Who Wasnt There (2001) Frances McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an Academy Award-winning American film, stage, and television actress. ... John Goodman on NBCs The West Wing John Stephen Goodman (born June 20, 1952 in Affton, Missouri) is an American actor. ... Jon Polito (born December 29, 1950) is an American actor, best known for working with the Coen Brothers. ... George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an Academy Award-winning American actor, director and screenwriter, known for his former role in the long-running television drama ER (1994–99) and his rise as an A-List movie star in contemporary American cinema. ... For the Simpsons episode, see Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a musical comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression (specifically, 1937). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Intolerable Cruelty is a darkly humorous romantic comedy film from Joel and Ethan Coen for Universal released in 2003, starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


All of their films have been scored by Carter Burwell, although T-Bone Burnett produced much of the traditional music in O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Carter Burwell (born November 18, 1955, in New York) is a composer of film soundtracks. ... Cover of Proof Through the Night, 1983. ...


Filmography

In production: Blood Simple is a neo-noir film, the debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, writers and directors of Fargo, The Man Who Wasnt There, and Raising Arizona, among others. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Raising Arizona is a quirky, offbeat, and humorous 1987 Coen Brothers film starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and Randall Tex Cobb. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Millers Crossing (1990) is a gangster film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... This article is about the year. ... Barton Fink is a 1991 film by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) is a screwball comedy film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, telling a fictitious story about the invention of the hula hoop. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal. // Events January Bill Clinton January 1 : North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) goes into effect. ... Fargo is a 1996 neo-noir film created by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The Big Lebowski is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... For the Simpsons episode, see Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a musical comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression (specifically, 1937). ... This article is about the year 2000. ... For other uses, see The Man Who Wasnt There (disambiguation). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Intolerable Cruelty is a darkly humorous romantic comedy film from Joel and Ethan Coen for Universal released in 2003, starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2004 Movie poster for The Ladykillers The Ladykillers was a remake of the 1955 Ealing Studios comedy of the same name and was remade by the Coen Brothers in 2004 starring Tom Hanks. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Movies by Joel and Ethan Coen
Blood Simple • Raising Arizona • Miller's Crossing • Barton Fink • The Hudsucker Proxy • Fargo • The Big Lebowski • O Brother, Where Art Thou? • The Man Who Wasn't There • Intolerable Cruelty • The Ladykillers • No Country for Old Men

No Country For Old Men is the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthys novel of the same name. ... 2007 (MMVII) will be a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Hail Caesar is the newest film from Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. ... Blood Simple is a neo-noir film, the debut of Joel and Ethan Coen, writers and directors of Fargo, The Man Who Wasnt There, and Raising Arizona, among others. ... Raising Arizona is a quirky, offbeat, and humorous 1987 Coen Brothers film starring Nicolas Cage, Holly Hunter, William Forsythe, John Goodman, Frances McDormand, and Randall Tex Cobb. ... Millers Crossing (1990) is a gangster film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... Barton Fink is a 1991 film by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) is a screwball comedy film directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, telling a fictitious story about the invention of the hula hoop. ... Fargo is a 1996 neo-noir film created by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen. ... The Big Lebowski is a 1998 comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. ... For the Simpsons episode, see Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?. O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a musical comedy film written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, set in Mississippi during the Great Depression (specifically, 1937). ... For other uses, see The Man Who Wasnt There (disambiguation). ... Intolerable Cruelty is a darkly humorous romantic comedy film from Joel and Ethan Coen for Universal released in 2003, starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones. ... 2004 Movie poster for The Ladykillers The Ladykillers was a remake of the 1955 Ealing Studios comedy of the same name and was remade by the Coen Brothers in 2004 starring Tom Hanks. ... No Country For Old Men is the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthys novel of the same name. ...

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Joel and Ethan Coen, commonly known as "The Coen Brothers" have written and directed numerous successful films, such as comedies O Brother Where Art Thou, Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski, as well as darker film noir dramas such as Fargo, Miller's Crossing and Blood Simple.
Joel Coen was born November 29, 1954, and has been married to actress Frances McDormand since 1984; they have an adopted baby named Pedro.
Ethan Coen was born September 21, 1957, and is married to film editor Tricia Cooke.
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