• The Hudsucker Proxy

    1994. USA. Joel Coen. 111 min.

Monday, August 25, 2008, 8:30 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • The Hudsucker Proxy

    1994. USA. Directed by Joel Coen. Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen, Sam Raimi. Original Music by Carter Burwell. Cinematography by Roger Deakins. Editing by Thom Noble. Casting by Donna Isaacson, John Lyons. Production design by Dennis Gassner. Costume design by Richard Hornung. Supervising sound editing by Skip Lievsay. With Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman, Steve Buscemi, Jon Polito. When the president of Hudsucker Industries jumps to his death from the forty-fourth-floor boardroom, the fat cats on the board of directors, hoping to gobble up company stock on the cheap, promote an imbecile to the presidency. But their patsy proxy Norville Barnes, the moron from Muncie, somehow comes out on top—with the help of some divine intervention. The Coens relied on their frequent collaborators to help create the now well-known Coen trademark of bending and blending genres to their needs: Gassner's impeccable Art Deco sets are gorgeously lit and photographed in an expressionistic manner by Deakins—all in service to a script that combines the warmhearted fairytale lessons of Frank Capra, the screwball elements of Howard Hawks's comedies, and the verbal sparring of Preston Sturges's films. 111 min.

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