Coen Bros. are Minnesota-bound

Joel and Ethan Coen, whose northwoods noir classic Fargo helped teach the world to ridicule the way Minnesotans talk, are coming back to do another film. The Star Tribune reports:

A Serious Man, set in their hometown of St. Louis Park, will begin shooting in the Twin Cities in March, Lucinda Winter, executive director of the Minnesota Film and TV Board, said Friday….

The Coen-scripted dark comedy centers on “Larry Gopnik, a Jewish college professor in the Midwest during the 1960s,” according to the website FilmJerk. Bedeviled by children who lift his wallet, a wife who wants a divorce, a too-intense grad student and a hot neighbor who sunbathes in the nude, “he starts to question the value of life.”

Perhaps not coincidentally, the Coens’ parents were college professors.

It’s my personal contention that Barton Fink, Miller’s Crossing and The Big Lebowski are three of the 20 best films made in the past 100 years; here’s hoping A Serious Man becomes number four.

5 Comments so far

  1. Erica M (unregistered) on September 29th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

    If I were inclined to stalk a film set, this sounds way more interesting to me than any of that Prairie Home Companion stuff (although I would have loved to see Maya Rudolph). I guess because I’ve never seen a film set before. More interested in the what than the who.

  2. ryan (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 1:51 pm

    mark it eight dude!

  3. Greg (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 2:14 pm

    You mark that frame an 8, and you’re entering a world of pain.

  4. James Norton (unregistered) on September 30th, 2007 @ 3:58 pm

    This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!

  5. Ryan (unregistered) on October 1st, 2007 @ 11:48 am

    I’ve often wondered if you could trademark those sayings?

    ie is their some rich rat bastard that gets a residual every time they use the phrase “slug in a ditch”

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