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Frères Coen is a Actor, Director and Scriptwriter American born on 21 september 1957 at St. Louis Park (USA)

Frères Coen

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Birth name Joel David Coen Ethan Jesse Coen
Nationality USA
Birth 21 september 1957 (62 years) at St. Louis Park (USA)
Awards Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres‎

Joel David Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Jesse Coen (born September 21, 1957) known informally as the Coen brothers, are Academy Award winning American film directors, screenwriters, producers, and editors. Their films include Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, Burn After Reading and True Grit.

The brothers write, direct and produce their films jointly, although until The Ladykillers Joel received sole credit for directing and Ethan for producing. They often alternate top billing for their screenplays while sharing film credits for editor under the alias Roderick Jaynes.

Biography

Enfance
Joel Coen (né le 29 novembre 1954) et Ethan Coen (né le 21 septembre 1957) ont grandi à Saint Louis Park, dans le Minnesota, dans la proche banlieue de Minneapolis. Ils sont frères. Issus d'une famille juive, ils sont les fils de Rena Neumann, historienne de l'art à l'université d'État de Saint Cloud, et d'Edward Coen, économiste à l'université du Minnesota et les frères de Deborah Ruth Coen, psychiatre.


Carrière
Avant Ladykillers, leur filmographie repose sur un « partage des tâches » : Joel à la réalisation, Ethan à la production, l'écriture (ou adaptation) du scénario étant commune. Mais depuis, Ethan Coen est également mentionné comme réalisateur de leurs films. Ils travaillent également ensemble pour le montage de leurs films (parfois sous le pseudonyme de Roderick Jaynes).

Le succès critique des Coen commence en 1991 avec Barton Fink, l'histoire d'un écrivain sans inspiration interprété par John Turturro, le film obtient au Festival de Cannes la Palme d'or, le prix de la mise en scène et de l'interprétation masculine.

Une part de leur succès sont des comédies (Intolérable Cruauté, O'Brother, Ladykillers, The Big Lebowski). Cependant, deux thrillers sont majeurs dans leur cinématographie et sont le négatif l'un de l'autre à dix ans d'intervalle. En 1996, ils réalisent Fargo qui les révèle à un public international. En 2008, No Country for Old Men représente la consécration pour les frères. Adapté du roman du même nom de Cormac McCarthy, l'histoire d'un cowboy (Josh Brolin) traqué par un tueur psychopathe et froid (Javier Bardem). La consécration est totale au box-office (160 000 000 $), autant que critique : quatre Oscars lors de la 80e cérémonie dont ceux du meilleur film et du meilleur réalisateur.



Après la noirceur de No Country for Old Men, les frères Coen reviennent à la comédie. En 2008 sort Burn After Reading, comédie noire sur le monde de l'espionnage, la CIA, et le fitness, interprétée par George Clooney, Brad Pitt et John Malkovich

En 2009, les frères réalisent le discret A Serious Man, une comédie plus noire sur la communauté juive, à forte teinte autobiographique.

En 2010, ils tournent leur premier western, True Grit, adapté du roman du même nom de Charles Portis, déjà porté à l'écran dans Cent dollars pour un shérif, sorti en 1969 avec John Wayne. C'est Jeff Bridges, qu'ils avaient dirigé dans The Big Lebowski, qui tient le rôle principal aux côtés de Matt Damon et Josh Brolin. Le film révèle au grand public la jeune actrice Hailee Steinfeld, qui reçoit pour son rôle de multiples récompenses et nominations. True Grit est à ce jour le plus gros succès des frères Coen au box-office avec 250 000 000 $ de recettes, le western est nommé dix fois à la 83e cérémonie des Oscars mais repart sans récompense.

En 2013, les frères Coen tournent un film plus intimiste, Inside Llewyn Davis : un film mélancolique racontant l'histoire d'un chanteur folk itinérant des années 60 à New York. La distribution comprend Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake et John Goodman. Le film sera un véritable succès critique concrétisé par le Grand Prix au Festival de Cannes 2013.

Le 20 janvier 2015, il est annoncé que les frères vont co-présider le jury du 68e Festival de Cannes. Ce qui marque l'aboutissement d'une relation très proche avec le festival, comparable aux frères Dardenne. Ils ont présenté neuf films au Festival, huit de leurs longs métrages ont été sélectionnés en compétition, ils ont gagné une Palme d'or, un Grand Prix et trois prix de la mise en scène. Leur film Ladykillers a aussi été primé du Prix du Jury mais cette récompense a été décernée à leur actrice principale, Irma P. Hall.

Ils enchaînent ensuite avec un projet de longue date, Ave, César ! (Hail, Caesar!). Dans ce film se déroulant dans les années 1950, sont réunis George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes et Tilda Swinton.

Ils délaissent ensuite un temps le cinéma pour produire, écrire et réaliser la série télévisée western, La Ballade de Buster Scruggs. Cette anthologie sera diffusée sur Netflix courant 2018. Finalement, elle devient un film qui est projeté en avant-première à la Mostra de Venise 2018.


Carrières solo
Bien que l'essentiel de leur production artistique se fit en duo, les frères Coen ont pu se séparer pour certains projets, et c'est surtout Ethan Coen qui a accumulé les travaux en dehors du binôme : il a écrit pour le théâtre, en majorité des pièces en un acte (Almost an Evening, Happy Hour, Offices, Talking Cure) pour l'Atlantic Theater Company off-Broadway. Pour la même compagnie, il a également signé une pièce de durée plus conventionnelle en 2013, intitulée Women or Nothing. Il a aussi publié en 1998 un recueil de nouvelles traduit en France sous le titre J'ai tué Phil Shapiro.

Comparativement, Joel Coen est beaucoup plus fidèle au duo puisqu'on ne lui comptait encore récemment aucun projet en solitaire (excepté peut-être ses travaux de monteurs au tout début de sa carrière). C'est donc avec une grande surprise qu'a été accueilli son nouveau projet de réalisation, une adaptation de Macbeth avec Denzel Washington dans le rôle-titre et Frances McDormand dans celui de Lady Macbeth. Ce sera en effet son premier film sans son frère Ethan. Joel réalisera seul et signera également seul le scénario adapté de la pièce de William Shakespeare. En juin 2019, Denzel Washington a confirmé que le tournage débuterait en 2020.


Vie privée
Ethan est marié depuis octobre 1993 à la monteuse Tricia Cooke. Joel est marié depuis 1984 à l'actrice Frances McDormand, qui a tourné dans plusieurs de leurs films.

Best films

True Grit (2010)
(Director)
No Country for Old Men (2007)
(Director)
Bridge of Spies (2015)
(Scriptwriter)
Burn After Reading (2008)
(Director)
Unbroken (2014)
(Scriptwriter)
Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
(Director)

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Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Frères Coen (26 films)

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Actor

Darkman
Darkman (1990)
, 1h36
Directed by Sam Raimi
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Fantastic, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Superhero films
Actors Liam Neeson, Frances McDormand, Colin Friels, Larry Drake, Ted Raimi, Bruce Campbell
Roles le conducteur de l'Oldsmobile
Rating63% 3.199973.199973.199973.199973.19997
Scientist Dr. Peyton Westlake is developing a new type of synthetic skin to help acid-burn victims. He is frustrated with a flaw that causes the skin to rapidly disintegrate after 99 minutes. His girlfriend, attorney Julie Hastings, discovers the Bellasarious Memorandum, an incriminating document proving that corrupt developer Louis Strack has been bribing members of the zoning commission. Before she leaves, Westlake asks her to marry him, but she hesitates. When she confronts Strack, he confesses, but shows Julie what he's been planning: To design a brand new city which would create a substantial number of new jobs. He also warns Julie to keep her guard up as mobster Robert Durant wants the document.
Crimewave
Crimewave (1985)
, 1h26
Directed by Sam Raimi
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Comedy thriller, Crime, Black comedy
Actors Bruce Campbell, Paul L. Smith, Reed Birney, Louise Lasser, Brion James, Sheree J. Wilson
Roles des journalistes à l'exécution
Rating57% 2.8986052.8986052.8986052.8986052.898605
The film begins with a shot of Victor Ajax (Reed Birney), who has been sentenced to death, sitting in an electric chair. The film then flashes back to show that Victor once was a promising young technician in the employ of Trend-Odegard Security. Mr. Trend (Edward R. Pressman), co-owner of the company, has learned of a plan by his partner to sell the company to Renaldo "The Heel" (Bruce Campbell) and responds by hiring two exterminators who promise to "kill all sizes" (Brion James and Paul Smith) in order to eliminate Odegard and his plan. When Victor, who has been installing security cameras in Trend's apartment building, seems about to go back to the store, Trend distracts him with a lecture about "the grand design" and sends Victor on a quest to find his dream girl.
Spies Like Us, 1h42
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Spy films, Political films, Buddy films
Actors Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, Steve Forrest, Donna Dixon, Bruce Davison, James Daughton
Roles drive-in guard #1
Rating63% 3.1989053.1989053.1989053.1989053.198905
Austin Millbarge is a geekish, basement-dwelling codebreaker for The Pentagon who aspires to escape his under-respected job to become a secret agent. Emmett Fitz-Hume, a wisecracking, pencil-pushing son of an envoy, takes the foreign service exam under peer pressure. Millbarge and Fitz-Hume meet during the test, on which Fitz-Hume openly attempts to cheat after an attempt to seduce his immediate supervisor in exchange for the answers backfires. Millbarge, however, was forced to take the test, having had only one day to prepare after his supervisor gives him a notice that was two weeks old.

Director

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, 2h12
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Anthology film, Western
Actors Tim Blake Nelson, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan, James Franco, Tom Waits
Rating72% 3.6488853.6488853.6488853.6488853.648885
Le livre The Ballad of Buster Scruggs and Other Tales of the American Frontier, illustré, s'ouvre pour raconter plusieurs histoires.
Hail, Caesar!, 1h46
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Musical
Themes Films about films
Actors George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill, Peter Stormare, Ralph Fiennes
Rating62% 3.1456953.1456953.1456953.1456953.145695
En 1951, Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) est à la tête de la production du célèbre studio américain de Capitol Pictures et travaille également comme fixeur, sa pire activité, afin d'éviter des comportements scandaleux de la part de ses vedettes avant qu'ils ne soient publiés dans la presse. Il doit également gérer en parallèle sa vie de famille mais aussi la société Lockheed qui souhaite l'engager pour un poste plus offrant, cependant il n'est pas sûr de l'accepter. Une journée qui s'annonce mouvementée et pénible pour Eddie Mannix.
Inside Llewyn Davis, 1h45
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham
Rating74% 3.7480953.7480953.7480953.7480953.748095
In February 1961, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is a struggling folk singer in New York City's Greenwich Village. His musical partner, Mike Timlin, has committed suicide; his recent solo album Inside Llewyn Davis is not selling; he has no money and is sleeping on the couches of friends and acquaintances.
True Grit
True Grit (2010)
, 1h50
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Western
Actors Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Hailee Steinfeld, Barry Pepper, Domhnall Gleeson
Rating75% 3.7983453.7983453.7983453.7983453.798345
Mattie Ross explains that her father was murdered by Tom Chaney when she was 14 years old. While collecting her father's body in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Mattie queries the local sheriff about the search for Chaney. After being told that Chaney has fled with "Lucky" Ned Pepper and his gang into Indian Territory, where the sheriff has no authority, she inquires about hiring a Deputy U.S. Marshal. The sheriff gives three recommendations, and Mattie chooses to hire Rooster Cogburn (Bridges), whom the sheriff had described as being the "meanest". The taciturn, one-eyed Cogburn rebuffs her offer, not believing she has the reward money to hire him. She raises the money by aggressively horse-trading with Colonel Stonehill, who did business with her father.
A Serious Man, 1h46
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about religion, Films about Jews and Judaism
Actors Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind, Simon Helberg, Fred Melamed, Adam Arkin, Michael Lerner
Rating69% 3.499083.499083.499083.499083.49908
In a prologue, a Jewish man in an unnamed Eastern European shtetl tells his wife that he was helped on his way home by Traitle Groshkover, whom he has invited in for soup. She says Groshkover is dead and must be a dybbuk. Groshkover (Fyvush Finkel) arrives and laughs off the accusation, but she plunges an icepick into his chest. Bleeding, he exits into the snowy night.
Burn After Reading, 1h36
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Spy, Crime
Themes Spy films, Films about sexuality
Actors George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins
Rating69% 3.498223.498223.498223.498223.49822
Faced with a demotion at work due to a drinking problem, angry Osbourne Cox quits his job as a CIA analyst and resolves to write a memoir about his life and career. When his pediatrician wife Katie finds out, she sees it as a justifiable opportunity to file for divorce and continue her adulterous affair unimpeded. Taking her lawyer's advice, she copies financial records and several other files from her husband's computer onto a CD. These files contain a rambling, meaningless diatribe by Cox on purported CIA activities.
No Country for Old Men, 2h2
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Mob film, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Serial killer films, Films about psychiatry, Gangster films
Actors Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Woody Harrelson, Kelly Macdonald, Garret Dillahunt
Rating80% 4.0491454.0491454.0491454.0491454.049145
In West Texas, 1980, Ed Tom Bell laments the increasing violence in a region where, like his father and grandfather before him, he has become sheriff. Anton Chigurh, a hitman, strangles a sheriff's deputy to escape custody and steals a car by using a captive bolt pistol to kill the driver.
The Ladykillers, 1h44
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Action, Crime
Themes Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Tom Hanks, Irma P. Hall, Marlon Wayans, J. K. Simmons, Tzi Ma, Ryan Hurst
Rating61% 3.099563.099563.099563.099563.09956
Mrs. Marva Munson, a religious, elderly widow, meets "Professor" Goldthwaite Higginson Dorr, who expresses interest in the room she has for rent and asks to use her root cellar for rehearsals of an early music ensemble he directs, to which she agrees. The fellow musicians in the pretend ensemble are actually a gang of criminals. The band are composed of a dim football player named Lump as the "muscle", the mustachioed and khaki bedecked Garth Pancake as the "jack of all trades" (who suffers from IBS), the foul mouthed Gawain McSam as their "inside man", and the Vietnamese, chain-smoking General as their tunneling expert (who hides his smoking habit from the disapproving Mrs. Munson by concealing his cigarette in his mouth). The group of criminals plan to dig a tunnel through the earthen wall in the cellar in order to break into the underground vault for a nearby riverboat casino. The earth they remove is taken out at night and tossed off a bridge onto a garbage barge as it passes below.
Intolerable Cruelty, 1h40
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Crime, Romance
Actors George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Geoffrey Rush, Edward Herrmann, Cedric the Entertainer, Paul Adelstein
Rating61% 3.098693.098693.098693.098693.09869
Donovan Donaly (Geoffrey Rush) a TV soap opera producer, comes home early and finds his wife Bonnie (Stacey Travis) with her ex-boyfriend, Ollie (Jack Kyle). Bonnie hires Miles Massey (George Clooney), a top divorce attorney and the inventor of the "Massey pre-nup", a completely foolproof prenuptial agreement. Miles wins the divorce case, leaving Donaly with nothing.
The Man Who Wasn't There, 1h56
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Noir, Crime
Themes Prison films, Films about capital punishment
Actors Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco, Richard Jenkins, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Alexi-Malle
Rating75% 3.750273.750273.750273.750273.75027
In 1949, Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton) is a low-key barber in the town of Santa Rosa, California. He is married to Doris (Frances McDormand), a bookkeeper with a drinking problem, and works in a barber shop that belongs to his brother-in-law Frank (Michael Badalucco). A customer named Creighton Tolliver (Jon Polito) tells Ed that he's a businessman looking for investors to put up $10,000 in a new technology called dry cleaning. Ed decides to get the money by anonymously blackmailing Doris's boss, "Big Dave" Brewster (James Gandolfini), whom he knows to be having an affair with Doris. Dave embezzles money from his department store to pay the blackmail. However, he soon pieces together the scheme and beats Tolliver until he implicates Ed. Dave confronts Ed at the store and attempts to kill him, but Ed stabs Dave fatally with a cigar knife.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?, 1h46
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Musical theatre, Action, Adventure
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films based on mythology, Prison films, Radio, Transport films, Musiques du monde, Musical films, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology, Évasion, Road movies, Buddy films, Films based on Greco-Roman mythology
Actors George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Chris Thomas King, Holly Hunter
Rating76% 3.848333.848333.848333.848333.84833
Three convicts, Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), known as Everett, Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) and Delmar O’Donnel (Tim Blake Nelson) escape from a chain gang and set out to retrieve the $1.2 million that Everett buried. The three get a lift from a blind man driving a handcar on a railway. He tells them that they will find a fortune, but not the one they seek. The trio make their way to Pete’s cousin Wash’s house. They remove their chains and sleep in the barn, but Wash betrays them and they are woken by policemen led by Sheriff Cooley, who have them surrounded. The police try to smoke them out, but Wash’s son rescues them.
The Big Lebowski, 1h57
Directed by Frères Coen
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about sexuality, Sports films, Films about pornography, Buddy films
Actors Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, David Huddleston
Rating80% 4.049044.049044.049044.049044.04904
In 1991 Los Angeles, slacker Jeff "the Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is assaulted in his home by two thugs (Mark Pellegrino and Philip Moon) who demand money that the wife of a Jeffrey Lebowski owes to a man named Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara). The two soon realize they have attacked the wrong Jeffrey Lebowski and leave, but not before one of them urinates on The Dude's rug.