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Thursday, September 3, 2009

A Little Treat From The Coen Brothers: World Cinema

The Coen Brothers are responsible for making my favorite film of all time, The Big Lebowski, as well as other cinematic masterpieces like O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona (pretty much the only movie with Nicolas Cage in a lead role that I can stand), Fargo and No Country For Old Men, among others. A short they did entitled World Cinema was recently posted to YouTube and it stars Josh Brolin as a man trying to decide which of two movies he should see at a theater. The character is quite similar to the role he played in No Country For Old Men, so if you liked that movie, then you should enjoy this short. The actress you may recognize as the kidnap victim from Silence Of The Lambs and the guy playing the ticket seller is a familiar, but not immediately placeable face.

More info from Very Short List (whose newsletter I highly recommend subscribing to...they send out a TON of gems including great books, music, movies, TV shows and the what not):

"World Cinema was part of the Chacun son cinéma, a commissioned anthology to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival. Thirty-six directors (including Gus Van Sant, Jane Campion, Lars Von Trier and David Lynch) participated in the challenge to make a three-minute film. World Cinema, much to its fans’ chagrin, wasn’t included on the Chacun son cinéma DVD, but it is now available on YouTube. Brolin, looking much like NCFOM’s Llewelyn Moss, tries to decide whether to watch Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Climates or Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game at a local theater. This being a Coen brothers’ production, it’s better watched than explained."

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