(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