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Joel Coen

We create monsters and then we can't control them.
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If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge yourself when handling it.
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I've never really understood that. It's a funny thing; people sometimes accuse us of condescending to our characters somehow-that to me is kind of inexplicable.
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These things are hard to pin down. We work on a script a bit, then work on a different one.
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You see a moral in them? Do we have morals?
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And when you see it the first time you put the film together, the roughest cut, is when you want to go home and open up your veins and get in a warm tub and just go away. And then it gradually, maybe, works its way back, somewhere toward that spot you were at before.
Joel Coen war
I guess there's a certain amount of poking fun at certain characters, but that's because there is something amusing about them or about the way they behave, so I guess you can say that that's poking fun at the character. But the character is your own invention, so who cares?
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Barton Fink got written very quickly, in about three weeks. I don't know what that means.
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The point at which we worked with some of these actors, they weren't really stars yet. Nicolas Cage was not a big star when we did Raising Arizona. A lot of these people were also virtually unknown, too, when we worked with them first.
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The architecture of a story can be a little bit different if it's a true story.
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We have an uncanny ability to make birds do what we want them to do. In Blood Simple there's a shot from the bumper of a car and it's going up this road and a huge flock of birds takes off at the perfect moment.
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I guess it beats throwing trash for a living.
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People that have been interested in our work for awhile... those are the last people you want to disappoint.
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I always admired Stanley Kubrick for the fact that he managed to beat the system somehow. I think he kind of had it all figured out.
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I think when you watch the dailies, the film that you shoot every day, you're very excited by it and very optimistic about how it's going to work.
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It's almost like a genre rule: Don't Open The Box.
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Maybe there should be less of a mystique around making movies. I just don't think that there's any real mystery there.
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The question is: Where would it get you if something that's a little bit ambiguous in the movie is made clear? It doesn't get you anywhere.
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We don't have any rules about how we depict violence, or how much violence is in a movie. It's a calibration on a case-by-case basis.
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I'd be perfectly happy never to have to answer anything again about how I work with Ethan, or whether we have arguments, or... you know what I mean? I've been answering those questions for 20 years. I suppose it's interesting to people.
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It's a funny thing because you look at the careers of other filmmakers, and you see them sort of slow down, and you realize, maybe this becomes harder to do as you get older. That's sort of a cautionary thing. I hope it doesn't happen to me.
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Maybe our telling of the story wasn't as clear as it should have been, but I don't think that's true. In terms of understanding the story, it comes across.
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Other kinds of movie stars, it's a different thing, they bring their persona to the part and that's what people like to see, and they are not really transforming in terms of their character.
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Sometimes, in certain stories, I think we know at the outset essentially what the tone is going to be, or it becomes important that we're groping toward some kind of story with a certain kind of tone that we both get somehow. But I don't think how that's combined with other elements is ever in any way overtly discussed.
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We've been remarkably lucky in that we've been free to make the movies we've wanted to make the way we've wanted to make them. They've all been made for a price.
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We create monsters and then we cant control them.
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