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Blood Simple

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Friday, October 7 – Sunday, October 9

(1984) dir Joel and Ethan Coen w/John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh [95 min; DCP]
This razor-sharp modern film noir, the first film by Joel and Ethan Coen, introduced the brothers’ inimitable black humor and eccentric sense of character, a sensibility that has helped shape the course of contemporary American cinema. Deep in the heart of Texas, a sleazy bar owner suspects his wife of having an affair and hires a private detective to confirm his suspicions – only to have the crosshairs turned back on himself. Playfully shot by Barry Sonnenfeld and featuring a haunting score by Carter Burwell and a cunning performance by Frances McDormand, BLOOD SIMPLE was a career-launching film for this ensemble and the first articulation of the precision of style that has defined the Coens’ work ever since.

“From first shot to last, the Coens seldom miss an opportunity to suggest that theirs is a movie made by evolutionarily advanced life-forms touring a primitive planet.” – J. Hoberman, Village Voice

“It tells a story in which every individual detail seems to make sense, and every individual choice seems logical, but the choices and details form a bewildering labyrinth in which there are times when even the murderers themselves don’t know who they are.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“‘Blood Simple’ becomes a dazzling comedie noire, a dynamic, virtuoso display by a couple of talented fledgling filmmakers who give the conventions of the genre such a thorough workout that the result is a movie that’s fresh and exhilarating.” – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

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Friday 10/7
at 5:30 7:30 9:30 PM
Saturday 10/8
at 3:30 5:30 7:30 9:30 PM
Sunday 10/9
at 3:00 5:00 7:00 PM

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