Coen Brothers

Coen Brothers: The Directors Series (2016)

THE DIRECTORS SERIES is an educational non-profit collection of video and text essays by filmmaker Cameron Beyl exploring the works of contemporary and classic film directors. You can donate to support the project at patreon: patreon.com/directorsseries


1- COEN BROTHERS- MURDER & MANIA

MURDER & MANIA is the first installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, covering their pair of independent debut features set in the American southwest. BLOOD SIMPLE. (1984) & RAISING ARIZONA (1987).


2- COEN BROTHERS- THE POSTMODERN PICTURES

THE POSTMODERN PICTURES is the second installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, covering their trio of “retro-surreal” period pictures producing in the 1990’s. MILLER’S CROSSING (1990), BARTON FINK (1991) & THE HUDSUCKER PROXY (1994)


3- COEN BROTHERS- THE BREAKOUT CLASSICS

THE BREAKOUT CLASSICS is the third installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, covering their pair of mainstream breakthrough works in the late 90’s: FARGO (1996) & THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998).


4- COEN BROTHERS- AN ODYSSEY INTO STYLE

AN ODYSSEY INTO STYLE is the fourth installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, covering their pair of highly-stylized features from the dawn of the new millennium: O BROTHER WHERE ART THOU? (2000) & THE MAN WHO WASN’T THERE (2001).


5- COEN BROTHERS- SCREWBALL SCOUNDRELS

SCREWBALL SCOUNDRELS is the fifth installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, covering their brief foray into the slapstick caper genre with mass commercial appeal: GAP “TWO WHITE SHIRTS” COMMERCIAL (2002), INTOLERABLE CRUELTY (2003), THE LADYKILLERS (2004) & PARIS JE T’AIME: “TUILERIES” (2006).


6- COEN BROTHERS- A PRESTIGIOUS PINNACLE

A PRESTIGIOUS PINNACLE is the sixth installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, covering their four-year run of highly-acclaimed, award-winning features: NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN (2007), TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA: “WORLD CINEMA” (2007), BURN AFTER READING (2008), A SERIOUS MAN (2009) TRUE GRIT (2010).


7- COEN BROTHERS- THE ART OF COMMERCE

THE ART OF COMMERCE is the seventh installment of THE DIRECTORS SERIES’ examination into the films and careers of directors Joel and Ethan Coen, covering their pair of films that explore the absurdities of art and commerce: INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS (2013) & HAIL, CAESAR! (2016).