Ethan Coen

Ethan Coen

  • Born: 1957-9-21
  • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
  • Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
  • Profession: Director, screenwriter, producer
  • Nationality: America
  • Graduate School: Princeton University
  • Representative Works: Blood Simple, Barton Fink, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Ethan Coen (Ethan Coen), born on September 21, 1957 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, is an American director, screenwriter, and producer.
    In 1984, directed his first film " Blood Simple ", which won the Jury Award of the 1st Sundance Film Festival [1]  . In 1987, directed the feature film " Raising Arizona " [2]  . In 1991, directed the suspense thriller " Barton Fink ", which won the Palme d'Or at the 44th Cannes International Film Festival [3]  . In 1996, with the thriller " Fargo ", he won the Best Director Award at the 49th Cannes International Film Festival [4]  . In 2001, with the crime film " The Man Who Wasn't There " won the Best Director Award at the 54th Cannes International Film Festival [5]  . In 2007, with the crime thriller " No Country for Old Men " won the 80th Academy Awards for Best Director [6]  .
    In 2009, he directed the feature film " A Serious Man ", which was nominated for the best original screenplay at the 82nd Academy Awards [7]  . In 2010, he directed the western adventure film " True Grit ", with which he was nominated for the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Director [8]  . In 2013, directed the feature film " Inside Llewyn Davis ", which won the Jury Prize of the 66th Cannes International Film Festival [9]  . In 2015, he served as the chairman of the jury of the 68th Cannes International Film Festival [10]  . In 2018, with the western film " The Ballad of Buster Scruggs ", he won the Best Screenplay Award at the 75th Venice International Film Festival [11]  . In 2020, he will be the producer of the TV series " Fargo Season 4 ".

    Early Experience

    On September 21, 1957, Ethan Coen was born in a Jewish intellectual family in Minnesota, USA. Due to the open education of his parents, he has developed a keen interest in crime and detective films since he was a child   . He spent his childhood in the small town of Fargo   , Minnesota, in the Midwest of the United States. When he was a teenager, he began to learn about cameras. He bought a super 8mm camera with money from mowing the lawn.  , Make some videos that look like on TV together with the kids in the neighbor’s house   . Later, Ethan Coen entered Princeton University to study philosophy after a brief study at the University of Texas   . At the same time, I got together with Joel Coen in my free time to write scripts for independent producers  .

    Performing Experience

    In 1984, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen spent $800,000 and 2 months to shoot the crime drama " Blood Simple "   , which was the first film directed by him   . The film was co-starred by Frances McDormand and Dan Hedaya  , and won The Jury Award of the 1st Sundance Film Festival   .
    In 1987, directed the feature film " Raising Arizona " co-starring Nicolas Kim Coppola , Holly Hunter and John Goodman . In 1990, directed the crime thriller " Miller's Crossing " co-starring John Tetoro and Gabriel Byrne .  
    In 1991, directed the suspense thriller " Barton Fink " co-starring John Tetoro, John Goodman, and Judy Davis . The film tells the story of a successful screenwriter, Barton Fink, who fought himself in Hollywood . The 44th Cannes International Film Festival Palme d'Or, for which he won the Best Director Award at the 44th Cannes International Film Festival.   
    In 1994, he co-directed the comedy " The Hudsucker Proxy " starring Tim Robbins and Paul Newman with Joel Coen , which was nominated for the 47th Cannes International Film Festival Palme d'Or .  
    In 1996, he co-directed the thriller " Fargo " based on real cases with Joel Coen   . The film was co-starred by Frances McDormand, William H. Macy , and Steve Buscemi  , and won the 69th Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay   . With this film, he won the Best Director Award at the 49th Cannes International Film Festival   ; later, the film was selected as one of the "100 Great Film History" by "Art Film", and as "100 Films"   by "Entertainment Weekly" in the United States. One of the new classics   .
    In 1998, directed the suspenseful crime film " The Big Lebowski " co-starring Jeff Bridges , John Goodman, and Julianne Moore . The  film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival   .
    In 2000, directed "crime film based on Homer's" Odyssey "adaptation of O the Brother, the Where Art Thou? " ,   Directed by George Clooney , John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson collaboration starring   nominated for the 53rd Cannes International Film Festival Palme d’Or   , the 73rd Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay   ; after that, the film was selected as one of the “Top 40” films of the decade by the Sunday Times (British media)  .
    In 2001, he directed the crime drama " The Man Who Wasn't There " co-starring Billy Bob Thornton , Frances McDormand and James Gandolfini . With this film, he won the Best Director Award at the 54th Cannes International Film Festival . In 2003, directed the romance film " Intolerable Cruelty " co-starring George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones ; in the same year, he was the producer of the crime film " Bad Santa " .    
    In 2004, directed the comedy " The Ladykillers " co-starring Tom Hanks , Irma P. Hall and Marlon Wayans , which was nominated for the 57th Cannes International Film Festival Palme d’Or . In 2005, he served as the producer and screenwriter of the romantic comedy " Romance & Cigarettes " , which was nominated for the main competition unit of the 62nd Venice International Film Festival . In 2006, with 19 directors including Alexander Payne , Olivier Assayas and other 19 directors, he directed the short film collection " Paris, je taime " . The film unfolded 18 short stories around the 20 districts of Paris .      
    In 2007, he co-produced the 3-minute short film " To Each His Own Cinema " to "Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Cannes Film Festival" with 34 other directors   ; in the same year, directed the crime thriller " No Country for Old " based on Cormac McCarthy 's novel of the same name. Men " ,   directed by Tommy Lee Jones , Javier Bardem , Woody Harrelson starred   , tells the story occurred in the southern desert town America a story full of danger   , he won the 80th Academy Awards for best director with the film Award   , Best Director Award at the 61st British Academy of Film Awards   ; later, the film was selected as one of the "100 New Film Classics" by "Entertainment Weekly" in the United States   , and selected as a decade by "Sunday Times" (British media) One of the "Top 40" films   .
    In 2008, directed the comedy " Burn After Reading " based on Stanfield Turner's novel "Highly Confidential: The President, CIA Director, and Agents "   . The film was co-starred by George Clooney, Frances McDormand, and Brad Pitt  . It told about the gym. The story of an employee who found a top-secret disc lost by a CIA agent and was chased by a killer hired by the CIA   , and was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay at the 62nd British Academy of Film Awards   .
    In 2009, he was selected as one of the "50 Greatest Contemporary Film Directors" by Entertainment Weekly   ; in the same year, he directed the feature film " A Serious Man " co-starring Michael Stuhlbarg , Richard J. Kind and Sari Lennick . The film tells the story of ordinary people in a Jewish community in the United States in 1967. It was nominated for the 82nd Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and the 63rd British Academy of Film Awards for Best Original Screenplay .    
    In 2010, directed the western adventure film " True Grit " based on Charles Portis’s novel of the same name   . The film was co-starred by Jeff Bridges , Hailee Steinfeld , and Matt Damon  . It tells the story of a 14-year-old girl accompanied by two police officers. Go down to the not-so-friendly Indian territory to trace the story of the murderer of the father   . He was shortlisted for the 83rd Academy Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay   , and the 64th British Academy Film Awards for Best Adapted Screenplay   . He won 83rd for this film. Best Director Award at the Academy Awards   .
    In 2012, as a crime film " Gambit " screenwriter   , Directed by Colin Firth , Cameron Diaz , AR co-star   , tells of a gallery staff member he intends to use a fake paintings to avenge the story of his superiors   .
    In 2013, directed the feature film " Inside Llewyn Davis " adapted from the memoirs of folk singer Dave Van Langk   . The film starred Oscar Isaac , Carey Mulligan , and Garrett John Hedlund  , and described the singer Levine Davis. The story of Si's unremitting struggle during the prevalence of American folk music in the 1960s   , was shortlisted for the 67th British Academy Film Awards for Best Original Screenplay   , and the 19th American Radio and Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay   . He won the 66th Cannes International Awarded by the Jury of the Film Festival   ; later, the film was selected as one of the "Top Ten Films of the Year " by the "Voice of the Village" (American Magazine), one of the "Best Films of the Year"   by the American "Film Critic ", and one of the "Best Films of the Year"   by the US "New York Times" voted as one of the "Top Ten Movies of the Year"   .
    In 2014, he served as the screenwriter for the biographical war film " Unbroken "   , which is based on Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling novel "Unbroken: A World War II Story about Survival, Resilience, and Redemption"   , which is about the United States and Italy during World War II. The story of the descendant of Louis Zambollini; in the same year, he served as the producer of the TV series " Fargo Season One "   .
    In 2015, he served as the screenwriter for the historical biopic " Bridge of Spies "   , which was nominated for the 88th Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay   and the 69th British Academy of Film Awards for Best Original Screenplay   ; in the same year, he served for the 68th Chairman of the Jury of the Cannes International Film Festival   ; secondly, he also served as the producer of the TV series " Fargo Season 2 "   .
    In 2016, directed the feature film " Hail, Caesar! " co-starred by Josh James Brolin , George Clooney, and Ralph Fiennes . The film tells the story of producer Eddie's efforts to solve all kinds of strange problems for troublesome stars in the crew. Story .  
    In 2017, he served as the screenwriter of the crime mystery film " Suburbicon "   , which was co-starred by Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac  . It tells the story of the accidental rebellion, extortion, revenge and betrayal of members who were in love after the family suffered serious violations. Also followed by the story   ; in the same year, as the producer of the TV series " Fargo Season 3 ".
    In 2018, he directed and wrote the western drama " The Ballad of Buster Scruggs " composed of six short films on western themes. The  film was co-starred by Tim Blake Nelson , James Franco , and Liam Neeson  . With this film, he won the 75th place. Best Screenplay Award at the Venice International Film Festival   .
    In 2019, he served as the screenwriter of the crime comedy film "Jesus Swing", which was written, directed and acted by John Tetoro. In 2020, he will be the producer of the TV series " Fargo Season 4 ".

    Personal Life

    family background
    Ethan Coen's father Edward Coen is an economics professor at the University of Minnesota  Her mother, Rina Coen, is a professor of art history at St. Cloud State University   , and her brother is Joel Coen .

    Character Evaluation

    The works of Ethan Coen and Joel Coen are closely linked to the philosophy of death, the plot is unconventional, the plot is well-conceived, and the theme of their expression often emphasizes a certain uncertainty of fate   . They do not completely reject Hollywood's film production system, but they have always insisted on branding their works in the selection, writing and editing of films, and they often show rebellion against mainstream culture,   and they also have cartoonish comic character creation. There is no lack of deep and cruel character portrayals. In addition to the crazy comedy shouting, there is also a realistic reflection and pungent irony . 
    Ethan Coen and Joel Coen's films have diverse themes and distinctive styles. Its essence is closer to entertaining art films. Although the film has important elements of Hollywood commercial films, it cannot change the profound themes contained in the film and the philosophical reflections it brings to the audience. They are more like a combination of author director and genre film director. Their works have a relatively unified image style and artistic concept. Although they are more diverse in expression types, they express their relatively unified spiritual essence under constant variations . 
    The films of Ethan Coen and Joel Coen have a magical black style. Through intricate and strange stories, they describe the living conditions of marginal people and express the director's philosophical thinking and ancient Greek tragic propositions. The narrative techniques, exaggerated and deformed characters and plots that are completely different from those of Hollywood entertainment films have created a uniquely charming world of personal images   . They have unique insights in terms of the expression skills of film noir and the conception of movie scripts   . They are good at using parody and collage to tell violent stories, making the film present a deep ideological connotation behind the unscrupulous violent images . 
    Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, as directors who have drifted away from the edge of the American Hollywood industrial film model, have attracted wide attention for their unique artistic style, narrative style, and dramatic features. Their films often use linear narrative techniques through a core event to complete their artistic expression on the basis of fully shaping the image of the characters. Many elements of genre movies can be clearly found in their works, but they often break through the fixed pattern of traditional genre movies. They not only present the expression of multiple types of elements in the same work, but also reflect the opposite type. More restoring to reality, interpreting the laws of life and the world. They did not embellish the romantic and excessive violence in the traditional crime film in the film, and they are more objective expressions of calmness and truth. There is a more consistent expression in the expression of internal humanistic emotions . 
    Extended Reading
    • Tess 2022-04-24 07:01:06

      Movies, do you think it's enough to understand?

      From an artistic point of view, it is impeccable. First "I'm not going to pretend I'm a critic". As for some people, "I can't understand this, there is a problem with understanding", oh, then, if you say you understand, come on, write the word "certificate" and let the Coen brothers give you a...

    • Hester 2022-04-23 07:02:08

      a movie full of metaphors

      Just finished watching "Barton Funk" by the Coen Brothers, which has been called the Coen Brothers' most difficult movie to understand. A few thoughts:

      1. Story level: I think most of the movies that the audience sees are the madness or hallucinations that the male protagonist falls into during the...

    • Liliane 2022-04-18 17:34:52

      As an intellectual writer, he would think of being compassionate and caring and defend the purity of his creation, so he would destroy the purity of two people and die, but he had no concern at all in his heart; he would also want to maintain the artistry of his work, but he also wanted to achieve vulgarity and vulgarity. Recognition of the general public, including the sponsors. In order to be self-consistent, you can only drive yourself crazy, but not completely crazy. You need the kind of madness that travels through the virtual and reality, or come to purgatory to seek Nirvana.

    • Myrna 2022-04-18 17:34:52

      Look at John Turturro's sluggishness, then look at the greasy "sultry" that fills the screen with impatience; look at the cool seaside girl in the hanging paintings, and then look at the absurdity of the corridor chasing Charlie's "fighting" fire. The strange contrast of this back and forth, the giant sandwiches layered between reality and imagination, probably not everyone bites down, it is expected that there is so much. #How many people were deceived by this film to be a screenwriter#

    Barton Fink quotes

    • Ben Geisler: Wallace Beery. Wrestling picture. What do you need, a roadmap?

    • Ben Geisler: Think about it, Fink! Writers come and go; we always need Indians!