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The Philosophy of the Coen Brothers (Philosophy Of Popular Culture) Hardcover – December 12, 2008
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"This volume is written for both fans of the Coen brothers and the philosophically curious, without the technical language. Both educational and entertaining, this philosophical compilation is recommended for public and academic libraries, particularly those with degree programs in philosophy and film."―Joshua Finnell, Library Journal"―
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And I guess that accounts for just why this book so utterly blows the doors off any other "Philosophy of" book I've encountered. Like Woody Allen or Stanley Kubrick, the Coens produce film that is not merely philosophical, but is philosophy itself - the kind of art that drives fans to study philosophy in the first place.
But, in approaching the Coens, you do need some guidance. These are two guys who know the canon, cold, from Homer (O Brother Where Art Though) to Kant (See Walter in the Big Lebowski) to Heidegger (Barton Fink). At least part of the opacity of their films stems from the audiences unfamiliarity with these themes. And this is where this book comes in handy. This is a collection of truly thoughtful, high caliber works of scholarly criticism. It is so much better than similar titles like "The Simpsons and Philosophy" that I kinda wish it had a different title.Read more ›
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I read this book along with another for a class and found this collection to be the better of the two books. The essays varied between academese and easier to read writing.Published 11 months ago by Ziln
Good study of philosophy in film ,particularly Schopenhauer and Kierkegaard. New insight into Coen brothers film and the place of new noir and existentialism.Published 18 months ago by Steve Gregory Hood
I haven't read the entire thing (it's in storage, now), but what I read was enjoyable and helped connect ideas that I was looking at in philosophy with the movies of some of my... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Alonzo Rumfelt