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Whether you've seen all 14 of their movies or only a few, you know that Joel and Ethan Cohen are some of the best filmmakers in the industry. Cathleen Falsani explores the deeper truths in each of the Coen brothers' films in The Dude Abides, and shows that there is truly no facet of human behavior the Coen brothers are afraid to tackle. Ranging from iconoclastic comedies such as Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski to the unblinking treatise on the nature of evil in No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers have created moral universes in which some of life's most essential questions are asked-if not always answered. Ultimately, Falsani brings the reader into a new admiration for these bizarre, always clever, and unmistakably though-provoking filmmakers and the social commentary the bring to big screen.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 238
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0310292468
ISBN-13: 9780310292463

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Whether you’ve seen only a couple or every single one of their fourteen films enough times to quote them by heart, you know Joel and Ethan Coen make movies like no one else in cinema. The Oscar-winning Coen brothers’ quirky and enduring films are rich with meaning---much of it hidden just beneath the surface, gems of spiritual and existential insight waiting to be excavated. Join award-winning religion columnist Cathleen Falsani as she explores the deeper truths found in these engrossing movies. Falsani examines each of the Coen brothers’ films, from their debut, Blood Simple, to their latest, A Serious Man. Ranging from iconoclastic comedies such as Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski to an unblinking treatise on the nature of evil in No Country for Old Men, the Coen brothers have created moral universes in which some of life’s essential questions are asked---if not always answered. These queries run the gamut from the meaning of life and enlightenment, to the fundamental nature of truth and love. There is seemingly no question the Coen brothers are afraid to tackle, either with a wink and a smile or brutal honesty (and sometimes both). As Falsani examines the soul of the movies, she weaves her own experiences, impressions, and cultural and spiritual analysis with a journalist’s keen eye for investigation and a film lover’s passion for the cultural medium. By turns thought-provoking and entertaining, you’ll come away with a new admiration for these sometimes bizarre, always clever, and unmistakably virtuoso filmmakers and their films.

Author Bio

Cathleen Falsani, author of Sin Boldly, The Dude Abides, and The God Factor, is the award-winning religion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. She attended Wheaton College and also holds masters degrees in journalism and theology. She lives in Laguna Beach, California, with her husband and fellow journalist, Maurice Possley.

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It must be true that God can be found even in the quirkiest of places. Chicago Sun-Times religion journalist Falsani mined the 14 films (since 1984) of Joel and Ethan Coen to find God and to articulate their spiritual and religious questions and challenges. The Coen brothers have a reputation for injecting a lot of dark humor into their movies, but as the author illustrates, the comedy is an avenue to deeper issues. Death, betrayal, greed, the seeming absence of God and the dire consequences of one's choices are the complex themes expertly handled by the filmmakers. Falsani does not posit that these films are overtly religious, but she does successfully convey their spiritual insights about the human condition. Each chapter provides a movie plot summary and concludes with an insightful segment dubbed “The Moral of the Story.” Falsani is an expert at pop culture analysis and her love for the celluloid arts shines forth brightly—her interpretations are nuanced and sophisticated without being pretentious. Film lovers, whether religious or not, will be pleased. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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  1. caseyu
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    nope.
    January 27, 2017
    caseyu
    Quality: 1
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I bought this book for a dollar, people, so what I say is going to be, well, a dollars worth of input...

    here goes.

    Mrs. Falsani (ahem, "Award-winning" "RELIGION" writer) sums up all of the Cohen Brother's movies perfectly well. Then offers a quarter's worth of "spiritual" input on each film. MY review here is a dollar's worth, so you get the idea. Here's the quarter's worth; undescriptive generalizations or sometimes the author simply throws something spiritual-sounding out there and it ends up like jello being thrown up against a wall. I can't say what is (exactly) IN this person's heart, I can tell she totes the Rob Bell mentality pretty well and talks about what Jesus says and God and stuff, but the insight is soooo half-inch deep that I'm like, "Girl, why bother?!" Really. Reminds me of Talkative from Pilgrim's Progress. And no, I did not hear the audible voice of God to buy this book. Nope. As a former pre-believer, I would have told you that Raising Arizona or The Big Lebowski were two of my favorite movies, and so after an AMAZING encounter and soon-after an even MORE amazing born-again experience, I thought, l should check out what this AWARD-WINNING "Religion" writer (sorry, you're probably picking up on my gentle sarcasm at this point, but there's grace for that...) had to say about the former things.

    and guess what?

    Nothing. She has absolutely nothing to say. Why? Because there is nothing to say.

    The Cohen Brothers accidentally had a point to any of their movies at BEST.

    So, no there is nothing there because there was never anything there.

    which shouldn't surprise anyone...I mean, seriously, there's a drawn picture of Jeff Bridges in his white tee shirt and robe on the cover, one, and two, I bought this book for a dollar. Srsly.

    If this is what "religious writing" is about then I know why I always hated religion. And now that I have the real thing, my question is Christianbook DOT com, why the heck is this even in your repertoire? I paid a dollar and I want it back.. And another thing, Zondervan, since when did you lose all discernment? Are we just printing whatever the heck anyone writes that says they are Christian? I heard Shirley Maclaine said she was Christian, what about her? Deepak Chopra? Who's next, Zondervan, who's next?! Hahahahaa! Whew!!!

    This author has wasted her life on religion, and at least a couple of months or so on this book, and for that I guess I am the most forlorn.
  2. bpudsey
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Seeing Christ as "your Dude'' through contemporary film
    January 16, 2017
    bpudsey
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent analysis of Christian and Biblical themes in the Cohen brothers films.
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