O Brother, Where Art Thou? (Coen, Coen, 2000)

A stunning work that only the Coen’s could have crafted, bleached of color, saturated with the dusty greys and browns of the South. Grows in stature with each viewing, most noticeably because of the Deakins/Burnett tandem and absurdly clever script. The two stills below represent a strategy of framing the Coen’s often use, showing the trio of Delmar, Pete, and Everett in horizontal and vertical lines (below with Tommy Johnson). Like the chain links that connect them at the beginning of the story, the blocking continues to connect them throughout their epic, some might say, Greek tragic comedy. I’m sure Homer’s out laughing somewhere.

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