The Coen brothers talk to The Economist about “Hail, Caesar!”

(K. Brent Tomer),

JOEL COEN, 61, and Ethan Coen, 58, are the directors, writers and producers of numerous critically adored films including “Fargo”, “The Big Lebowski” and the Oscar-winning “No Country for Old Men”. Their latest film, “Hail, Caesar!”, is a colourful comedy set in a Hollywood studio in 1951. Its hero, Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), is a problem-solver who has to keep several productions running smoothly: a Gene Kelly-style musical (featuring Channing Tatum), an Esther Williams-style water ballet (with Scarlett Johansson), a sophisticated romantic drama (with Ralph Fiennes), and the Biblical epic (with George Clooney) which gives the film its title.

Despite having a reputation for being difficult interviewees, the Coen brothers were jovial and talkative as they told The Economist about the challenges of switching from a “sandal movie” to an “aquatic number”, and about why their Eddie Mannix is so different from the real man.

The pastiches of various golden-age movies are a highlight of “Hail Caesar!”. Were these homages the starting point of the film?

Ethan: They were not the starting…Continue reading

via K. Brent Tomer CFTC The Coen brothers talk to The Economist about "Hail, Caesar!"

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