Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Coen Bros

For the next three days my Studio in Video students will be watching O Brother, Where Art Thou?, a brilliantly entertaining movie by Ethan and Joel. First of all, Fargo is one of my very favorite movies, but being rated R I can't show it in school. O Brother is rated PG-13 so I can be fairly certain that no mum will call to complain that their little darling has been corrupted by my choice in movies.

And apparently, there's a bit of Homer's influence in the movie.

The opening credits quote from a translation of The Odyssey by Homer. The similarities between O Brother, Where Art Thou? and The Odyssey are numerous, ranging from the obvious to the obscure. While the Coens did not originally intend to base the film on Homer's epic, Joel Coen has been quoted as saying:
“ It just sort of occurred to us after we’d gotten into it somewhat that it was a story about someone going home, and sort of episodic in nature, and it kind of evolved into that. It’s very loosely and very sort of unseriously based on The Odyssey. ”

While the overall plot is only vaguely similar to that of the Odyssey, there are certain "episodes" that closely mirror the poem's classical influence.

Great music, George Clooney, and a fun plot. What a great way to start my day!

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