IMPRESSIVE 1984 DEBUT MOVIE FROM TALENTED BROTHERS JOEL AND ETHAN

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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.

DEBUTOLOGY SCORE: 7/10


BUYING TIPS

US BLU-RAY

BLOOD SIMPLE: Blood Simple [Blu-ray]

A COLLECTION OF EARLY MOVIES, INCLUDING THEIR MASTERPIECE FARGO: Coen Brothers Collection (Blood Simple/Fargo/Miller’s Crossing/Raising Arizona) [Blu-ray]

UK/EUR

BLOOD SIMPLE: Blood Simple [DVD]
A COLLECTION OF COEN BROTHERS MOVIES, INCLUDING THE BIG LEBOWSKI: The Coen Brothers Collection – The Big Lebowski/The Hudsucker Proxy/Barton Fink/Blood Simple [DVD]