March 23, 2016 at 9:47AM
The Coen Brothers: How to Start Your First Indie Film?
It is a commonly-held belief among many film lovers that the finest directors adhere to a signature style, look or genre. When beholding a true auteur’s film, we must immediately be able to recognize it as being Godardian, Scorsesian, Vardaesque. We must feel the director’s unmistakable touch in the dialogue, notice typical approaches to framing and editing, or identify a unifying style throughout their work.
Watching Mulholland Drive without any prior context, we should be able to identify it as a David Lynch film. Certain elements of the mystery genre are so linked with Hitchcock, we view them as parody or pastiche in other films. This way of looking at directors holds up in some cases and erodes in others. In the case of the Coen Brothers, it does both.
Perhaps no other contemporary filmmaker (or fraternal filmmaking duo, to be precise) weaves in and out of typically-rigid film genres as artfully as the Coen Brothers.
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