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Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Directed by

Joel Coen

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Ethan Coen

Written by

Joel Coen

and

Ethan Coen

Screenplay

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...House at Night We are looking – through the rain-pelted windshield of a parked car – at a small, Spanish-style bungalow. The rattle of driving rain does not quite cover the sound from inside the house of drunken female laughter....

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Directed by

Joel Coen

and

Ethan Coen

Written by

Joel Coen

and

Ethan Coen

Screenplay

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...Ralph’s It is late; the supermarket is all but deserted. We are tracking in on a fortyish man in Bermuda shorts and sunglasses at the dairy case. He is the Dude. His rumpled look and relaxed manner suggest a man in whom casualness runs...

A Serious Man (2009)

Directed by

Joel Coen

and

Ethan Coen

Written by

Joel Coen

and

Ethan Coen

Screenplay

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...White letters on a black screen: A Serious ManEverything that happens to youRashi Fade in: Snowflakes Falling in Black The flakes drift lazily down toward us. Our angle looks straight up. Now an angle looking steeply down: the snow falls...

The Ambivalent Protagonist in Stranger Than Paradise

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...As the main agent of the narrative, the goal-driven protagonist is fundamental to classical storytelling. It is his or her aspirations and desires that will create the impetus for subsequent narrative actions. Without Leonard Shelby...

Shifting Protagonists in Fargo

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Ethan and Joel Coen’s debut feature, Blood Simple (1984), showed a unique ability to combine their particular brand of offbeat humor with a clever reworking of film noir, and their subsequent films have continued this penchant...

The Temporal Complexity of Elephant

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Jonas Mekas’s desire to shoot all screenwriters had to do with the fact that they “perpetuate the standard film constructions, dialogues, plot” by following “their textbooks of ‘good’ screenwriting.” Jonas Mekas, “Shoot the Screenwriters...

The Flashback Structure of Reservoir Dogs

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Quentin Tarantino has criticized the notion of cinema’s inherent linearity, arguing that he’s simply applying techniques of the novel to film. Rather than employing flashbacks, Tarantino claims to be reshuffling the sequence...

Multiple Plots and Subplots in Trust

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Even though some manual writers discourage multiple protagonists and multiple plotlines, there is no question that such devices add greater structural complexity to narrative films and, as a result, have become extremely common in recent...

Free Association and Gummo

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Atabloid look at the decay of a small Midwestern town and the dark underside of adolescence, Harmony Korine’s Gummo (1997) might be the most controversial American independent film of the 1990s. Not only does the film boldly ignore...

Shifting Goals and Plotlines in Gas Food Lodging

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

Book chapter

...Adapted from Richard Peck’s novel Don’t Look and It Won’t Hurt, Allison Anders’s substantially reworked script for Gas Food Lodging (1992) mixes Southwestern regionalism with a strong female perspective in telling the story of three women—a...