The Man Who Wasn’t There (Coen, Coen, 2001)

A visually impeccable and incredibly faithful Noir, as you can see by the masterfully composed stills below. Slow motion/camera movement, voice-over narration, and classical music all compliment Billy Bob Thorton’s qualms with transparency. The way lives come together, then naturally crush each other feels noticeably cold and calculated, yet strangely innocent. Not the best Coen Brothers story, but maybe the most beautiful to watch unfold. A solemn dream about a stagnant life which slowly and methodically turns into a fateful nightmare.

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