• No Country for Old Men

    2007. USA. Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. 122 min.

Sunday, August 17, 2008, 7:00 p.m.

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

  • No Country for Old Men

    2007. USA. Written and directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy. Music by Carter Burwell. Cinematography by Roger Deakins. Editing by Roderick Jaynes. Casting by Ellen Chenoweth. Production design by Jess Gonchor. Costume design by Mary Zophres. Supervising sound editing by Skip Lievsay. With Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones. Winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Picture, No Country for Old Men is a deceptively simple crime story about a drug deal gone wrong, the guy who stumbles across the ill-gotten cash, and the sociopath chasing after the money. It also transcends its narrative to reveal an elegy to simpler times and a meditation on innocence lost. This film, Deakins's ninth and Burwell's eleventh collaboration with the Coens, is a fitting example of the collaborative environments intrinsic in the brothers' films. A.O. Scott, in his glowing review for The New York Times, speaks of a "nonbiological Coen fraternity" that includes Deakins and Burwell. Peter Travers, in his Rolling Stone review of "the year's very best" film, makes emphatic note of Deakins as "a poet of light and shadow" and Burwell as a composer who nails "every nuance without underlining a single one of them." Similarly, Variety's Todd McCarthy specifically points out Deakins's "stunning location work and precision framing" and Burwell's "discreet score and expert sound work" when praising this "bloody classic." 122 min.

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