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"Fiona C. Quick" <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 19 Jun 1995 21:56:06 -0500
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>Even though we're ten years and five films into the careers of these guys,
>I can't find any books about them, or I just haven't been able to run
>across one yet.  I have the published screenplays by the Coens, but I'm
>looking for secondary sources.
I haven't seen any books but there have been several newspaper and magazine
articles published about the Coens, especially here in Minnesota, as they
are natives.  Try the Star Tribune and Mpls/St Paul Magazine.
> Perhaps too many agree with the main criticism against the Coens that they
>are "all style and no heart", or as Baseline's Encyclopedia of Film put it,
>they enjoy a success of "undeniable virtuosity and terminal cool",
>but..."they lack Hitchcock's obsessiveness and moral seriousness and fail
>to match Kubrick's intellect and profound pessimism."
>That intrigues me.  I working on what might be the difference between
>Kubrick's "profound" pessimism and the pessimism I see in the work of the
>Coens.  Any comments?
Just wait until their new film "Fargo" is released.  From what I understand,
it will defy all previous descriptions of their work.
Fiona C. Quick
University of Minnesota
"To What If"
         - A Walk In The Clouds
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