(Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, US 1984, 99 min., 35mm)

Coen. The Coen brothers made their directorial debut with this taut, small-town neo-noir. Surprisingly serious and brooding, Blood Simple nevertheless deals with themes that would become central to their work. Starring Coen staple Frances McDormand (marking the beginning of their nearly three-decade partnership) and character actor extraordinaire M. Emmet Walsh, this tale of double-crosses, deceit, and murder echoes some of Hollywood’s greatest crime capers. Shot on a shoestring budget cobbled together from nearly two hundred private investors, Blood Simple became a festival favorite, garnering the Coen brothers instant notoriety.

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