The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)
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Coen Brothers don't stop surprising me. No matter what genre they foray into, they seem to be (so-totally) in control with the content. The ease with which they deal with their subjects is something that any filmmaker would love to imbibe. Take a bow, masters - yet again!!
This is one of the brothers' drier works, a good choice for those who enjoy whole wheat toast.
Somehow I didn't see this one until this very moment. Luckily, I got to see it on the big screen which really does justice to the beautiful images. The Coen Brothers still succeed in surprising me- this one being far more serious than most of them, with the almost complete absence of the typical Coen humor- made me left speechless for a while. Touching (once again) on the book of job and exploring the emptiness of the protagonist worked excellent with the choice of shooting in black and white.
I can understand why some will not enjoy this one as it's a bit different from most of the other ones (even 'A Serious Man' was a bit more comical).
The Coen Brothers have already explored many genres and styles (yet, always with a clear touch of their own)- this one was still quite different from the others and I absolutely loved it.
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This movie ranks #23 in A.V. Club - The best films of the '00s
This movie ranks #323 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #427 in The 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #536 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #728 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown