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The Coen brothers’ story of a drug deal gone wrong and the chaotic game of cat and mouse that follows is an exploration of masculinity in all its guises. Through divergence of clothing, costume designer Mary Zophres shows many variations of character and motivation and pinpoints the story within a time and place – rural West Texas, 1980.
The first shots of No Country for Old Men (2007) welcome us into the Texan landscape, the sky awash with muted blues and oranges before the scorching sun rises to reveal a landscape of pale brown sand. Not only does this evoke the wilderness and subsequent loneliness of the setting, but it introduces the key colours, notably tones of beige, brown and blue. Throughout the film, these colours are to be revisited repeatedly.
We are introduced to the psychopathic killer Anton Chigurh (Javier Bardem) from behind as he is lead in handcuffs to a police car. »
In the traditional western, the hero saves the town, kills the villain, and all is right. But more often than not the genre depicts America’s ugliness – it’s injustices and cruelty. America, despite it’s great qualities and liberties, was built on violence and injustice. Many filmmakers have opted to show this historical accuracy instead of the fabled heroics: thus we should not repeat the past. Other filmmakers have used the genre staples as tools to show the injustices and struggles in contemporary settings.
Written by Guillermo Arriaga
Directed by Tommy Lee Jones
Through intricate weaving of non-linear story telling, this tale of retribution delves into the loyalty and forgiveness. Horse rancher Pete Perkins (Jones) honors his promise to his recently murdered friend Melquiades Estrada to bury him in his home town in Mexico. Estrada’s murder at the hands of border patrol »
- Gregory Day
2 items from 2013
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