Cerebral Cinema: Films of the Coen Brothers

The Coen Brothers are some of the most fascinating filmmakers working within the cinematic art form. They are true auteurs in every sense—from writing, directing and even editing of their own films, every Coen brothers movie is thoroughly unique and their own. Few filmmakers can create movies and characters that are quite as unique, engaging, or exciting. Most of the films produced by the Coens can be understood on numerous levels and meanings, with multidimensional layers within the plots and characters. The Coens are known to sprinkle allusions, allegories and hidden meanings all throughout their films. Within their films they often reference other films of their own, movie history, or even Greek mythology or allegory. During our class discussions, we will explore the films themselves, as well as some of the hidden meanings behind the films’ characters and stories. Films may include: The Big Lebowski, Barton Fink, O Brother Where Art Thou?, Fargo, No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man, and Burn After Reading .  You will watch the films on your own and then meet online for lively and informative discussions.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Familiarity with the Coen Brothers’ most critically acclaimed films
  • An understanding of the hidden meanings behind famous film characters and stories

Ideal for

  • Movie buffs
  • Media and culture professionals
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