Filmmaking Genius: The Cohen Brothers

This article is from Issue 50: Mar/Apr 2011

Joel and Ethan Cohen have been pacesetters in American cinema for more than 26 years. Whether a big hit (No Country For Old Men, which won Best Picture) or less successful (The Hudsucker Proxy, which is well worth catching up to), their films are almost always known for originality and risk-taking. The brothers have been on a roll the last few years especially, with No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading, last year’s Best Picture nominee A Serious Man and now their Oscar-nominated take on Charles Portis’ Western novel True Grit.