I don’t want to produce a work of art that the public can sit and suck aesthetically…. I want to give them a blow in the small of the back, to scorch their indifference, to startle them out of their complacency.
A rare TV documentary — The Coen Brothers (2000). During the promotional campaign for O Brother, Where Art Thou? in 1999, the BBC showed a 50 minute documentary about the Coen brothers. It was mainly concerned with the Coen’s past and featured interviews with many of the actors that have worked with the Coens along with family, friends and crew members.
The most interesting part of this documentary for me, was a scene where a bookcase was shown (I think it was in the Coen brother’s office). On the bookcase were around 40 screenplays that the brothers had written and not yet made. Titles included; Intolerable Cruelty (since made, of course), Coast To Coast (which is about a Chinese plan to take over the world using cloning which apparently featured 28 Albert Einsteins!), Voices, Chatahoochee, Leap In The Dark, Johnny Skidmarks (which was written by their friend and collaborator, William Preston Robertson and made into a movie in 1998 by director John Raffo and starring John Lithgoe, Peter Gallagher and one Frances McDormand), Meet Bobby Buttman, The Concierge (I don’t know if it is or not but how excellent would a movie about Heinz the Baron Krauss Von Espie be?), Mr. Murder, Cult Cop, The Land of Youth, A Man In Shades, Justified Sin, Quark Victory, Red Harvest and Respect Your Godfather. No news on any of these unless stated I’m afraid. —You Know, For Kids!
The dark and cold weigh down everything, and in the middle, in their warm cocoon, are Chief Marge and her hubby, Norm, the painter of ducks. Without them, Fargo might have been In Cold Blood laced with unseemly humor. The Coens sometimes seem to scorn their characters, but their love for Marge redeems Fargo. Marge is the catalyst, and her speech at the end is Shakespearean in the way it heals wounds and restores order: “There’s more to life than a little money, you know. Don’t you know that? And here you are. And it’s a beautiful day.”
- Roger Ebert on Fargo
R.I.P. Roger Ebert
Quentin Tarantino talks with Charlie Rose about his new film, Django Unchained, and the process of its creation, from the page to the screen.