1996. USA. Joel Coen. 98 min.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1996. USA. Directed by Joel Coen. Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Music by Carter Burwell. Cinematography by Roger Deakins. Editing by Roderick Jaynes. Casting by John Lyons. Production design by Rick Heinrichs. Costume design by Mary Zophres. Supervising sound editing by Skip Lievsay. With Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi. A man in dire financial straits schemes with crooks to kidnap his wealthy wife for ransom. When the thugs end up committing a triple murder during the kidnapping, the very sharp (and very pregnant) local police chief quickly closes in on the hapless, bumbling conspirators. Speaking on the value of working with the same cinematographer, Joel Coen says, "[Roger] understands what we are after, and frequently comes up with stuff on the spot that reflects what we want to do in a scene." In turn, Deakins reflects on the fluidity of the brothers' working style: "Either of them will be talking about the shot, lenses or whatever. They just swap around duties. I think having a relationship with them on a couple of films before [made it easier to respond to new dilemmas]. Once you've got a pattern of working, you know...what each other's wants are." 98 min.