BLOOD SIMPLE – COEN BROTHERS (debut movie)
IMPRESSIVE 1984 DEBUT MOVIE FROM TALENTED BROTHERS JOEL AND ETHAN
A noir with a complex plot, Blood Simple anticipates some themes that will be better developed in Fargo and No Country For Old Men.
A Texas bar owner (Dan Hedaya) discovers that his wife (Frances McDormand) is cheating on him with a bar employee (John Getz). He hires then a private detective (M. Emmett Walsh) to murder her and her lover. But in good films, as in real life, things aren’t so straightforward, and bad tries in double crosses, misunderstandings and bad luck will tragically complicate life and death of these disturbing characters, even if the Coens will not lose the chance to indulge in some dark humour moments….. they studied Hitchcock movies very well, didn’t they?
For Frances McDormand, that married Joel that same year, Blood Simple is her debut movie too.
Even if the brothers have produced, directed and written together all their movies, due to guild rules the crediting of Blood Simple is ”directed by Joel” and “written by Joel and Ethan”, the same as for all movies upto Intolerable Cruelty (2003): starting from 2004 they could be considered an “established duo” and directing credits will be attributed to both.