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Ethan Coen and Joel Coen: Collected Screenplays 1: Blood Simple, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink

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Arguably the most talented filmmaking siblings around, the Coens have blessed the cinema with their unique blend of dark humor, kinetic insanity, and mid-western values. To open one of their screenplays is to behold some of the finest screenwriting currently being produced. Perhaps most intriguing about the Coen brothers screenplays is what has been said by the actors working with them — they never rewrite on the set. Not only is this practically unheard of in Hollywood, it also shows how organized it must be inside their heads. Surely anyone who's seen Barton Fink knows the pressures of "the life of the mind" — the Coens perfectly capture that personification.
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Arguably the most talented filmmaking siblings around, the Coens have blessed the cinema with their unique blend of dark humor, kinetic insanity, and mid-western values. To open one of their screenplays is to behold some of the finest screenwriting currently being produced. Perhaps most intriguing about the Coen brothers screenplays is what has been said by the actors working with them — they never rewrite on the set. Not only is this practically unheard of in Hollywood, it also shows how organized it must be inside their heads. Surely anyone who's seen Barton Fink knows the pressures of "the life of the mind" — the Coens perfectly capture that personification.
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Publisher Comments:

These four early works by the internationally lauded filmmaking team deal with the subject for which they are best known: corruption and crime in situations that combine the real and the surreal with the hilarious. Of the scripts included here, Barton Fink--an intense look at the psychological ruin of a New York playwright trying to make it in 1940s Hollywood--is a masterful culmination of these themes.

Ethan and Joel Coen have made many critically acclaimed films together, including Fargo, O Brother Where Art Thou, and Raising Arizona. They received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 1997 for Fargo.

Here are four early screenplays by the internationally lauded filmmaking team, all of which deal with the subject for which they are best known: corruption and crime—especially in situations that combine the real and the surreal with the hilarious.

Blood Simple deals with a cuckolded Texan bar owner who hires a slimy private investigator to kill his unfaithful wife and her boyfriend, but this is merely the start of a grisly chain of back-stabbings and murders.

In Raising Arizona, oddly paired criminal H.I. McDonnough and police woman Edwina marry, only to discover they are unable to conceive a child. In the name of parenthood, the couple kidnap one of the quintuplets of furniture tycoon Nathan Arizona. While trying to keep their crime a secret, H.I's convict friends, his boss, and even the Lone Biker Of The Apocalypse look to use Nathan Jr. for their own purposes.

Miller's Crossing, set in the era of Prohibition, focuses on Tom Reagan, the trusted lieutenant of irish crime boos Leo, endeavours to keeps the peace when Leo gets locked into a feud with rival mobster Jonny Caspar.

This edition also includes Barton Fink, an intense look at the psychological ruin of a New York playwright trying to make it in 1940s Hollywood.

Here are four early screenplays by the internationally lauded filmmaking team, all of which deal with the subject for which they are best known: corruption and crime—especially in situations that combine the real and the surreal with the hilarious.

Blood Simple

"In Blood Simple, the Coen brothers parlay a pearl-handled revolver, a misplaced lighter, a string of not-so-fresh fish, and a body that refuses to stay dead into a dark delight that is clever, suspenseful, and sometimes downright bizarre."—Barbara Bannon, Sundance

 
Raising Arizona

"To their old fascination with Sunblet pathology, to their sidewinding Steadicam and pristine command of screen space, the Coens have added a robust humor, a plot that keeps outwitting expectations and a surprising dollop of sympathy for their forlorn kidnapers. Every character, great or small . . . has the juice of comic originality in him."—Time

Synopsis:

This title contains a collection of the screenplays written by Joel and Ethan Coen. The plays include, "Raising Arizona" and "Barton Fink".

Synopsis:

These four early works by the internationally lauded filmmaking team deal with the subject for which they are best known: corruption and crime in situations that combine the real and the surreal with the hilarious. Of the scripts included here, Barton Fink--an intense look at the psychological ruin of a New York playwright trying to make it in 1940s Hollywood--is a masterful culmination of these themes.

About the Author

Ethan and Joel Coen have made nine critically acclaimed films together. They received an Academy Award for Best Screenplay in 1997 for Fargo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780571210961
Author:
Coen, Ethan
Author:
Coen, Joel
Author:
Coen, Ethan
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Location:
London
Subject:
Film - General
Subject:
Film - Screenwriting
Subject:
Motion picture plays
Subject:
Adult
Subject:
Film & Video - General
Subject:
Motion picture plays, American
Subject:
Film and Television-Reference
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
mis. 7
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
5 Black-and-White Photographs
Pages:
540
Dimensions:
7.88 x 4.94 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Arguably the most talented filmmaking siblings around, the Coens have blessed the cinema with their unique blend of dark humor, kinetic insanity, and mid-western values. To open one of their screenplays is to behold some of the finest screenwriting currently being produced. Perhaps most intriguing about the Coen brothers screenplays is what has been said by the actors working with them — they never rewrite on the set. Not only is this practically unheard of in Hollywood, it also shows how organized it must be inside their heads. Surely anyone who's seen Barton Fink knows the pressures of "the life of the mind" — the Coens perfectly capture that personification.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Arguably the most talented filmmaking siblings around, the Coens have blessed the cinema with their unique blend of dark humor, kinetic insanity, and mid-western values. To open one of their screenplays is to behold some of the finest screenwriting currently being produced. Perhaps most intriguing about the Coen brothers screenplays is what has been said by the actors working with them — they never rewrite on the set. Not only is this practically unheard of in Hollywood, it also shows how organized it must be inside their heads. Surely anyone who's seen Barton Fink knows the pressures of "the life of the mind" — the Coens perfectly capture that personification.

"Synopsis" by , This title contains a collection of the screenplays written by Joel and Ethan Coen. The plays include, "Raising Arizona" and "Barton Fink".
"Synopsis" by ,
These four early works by the internationally lauded filmmaking team deal with the subject for which they are best known: corruption and crime in situations that combine the real and the surreal with the hilarious. Of the scripts included here, Barton Fink--an intense look at the psychological ruin of a New York playwright trying to make it in 1940s Hollywood--is a masterful culmination of these themes.

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