O’Brother causes a light and very pleasant euphoria [critique]

O'Brother
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O'Brother: Blind Confidence
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O'Brother: The origin of the title
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O'Brother: A True Odyssey
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O'Brother: A touch of reality
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O'Brother: Omnipresent music
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O'Brother: John Turturro, a devotee of the Coen universe
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O'Brother
O'Brother: Blind Confidence
O'Brother: The origin of the title
O'Brother: A True Odyssey
O'Brother: A touch of reality
O'Brother: Omnipresent music
O'Brother: John Turturro, a devotee of the Coen universe

Blind trust

This project of the Coen brothers, George Clooney did not hesitate for long before validating it. So seduced by the talent of the two brothers, the actor chose to embark on this film even before reading the script. A script that did not disappoint him when he finally took a look at it.

The origin of the title

But where does the title O’Brother come from? According to some, it refers to the film The Voyages of Sullivan by Preston Sturges which follows a filmmaker attempting to direct the film O’Brother, where art you? The Coen brothers would also have been inspired by the lyrics of the song “Down in the river to pray”: Oh brother, let’s go down in the river to pray. “A song sung in one of the scenes of the film: the one in which White Christians are washed of their sins in a river.

A real odyssey

For this story, the Coen brothers were inspired by a universal work: The Odyssey, by Homer. The two filmmakers transposed this story in the 1930s. An inspiration that appears in certain details of the film, in particular the nickname of one of the main characters (Ulysses), the one-eyed giant Big Dan Teague who is a nod to the Cyclops or another statue of Homer who appears during the Everett / Big Dan Teague meeting.

A touch of reality

Some of O’Brother’s characters do not come out of the imagination of the Coen brothers but are directly inspired by real characters. Tommy Johnson (Chris Thomas King) was a blues musician who lived between 1896 and 1956. George “Babyface” Nelson (Michael Badalucco) was a real gangster, bank robber and murderer who raged through the 1930s.

Omnipresent music

If O’Brother marks the spirits so much, it is also by his soundtrack bringing together traditional country, blues or even folk titles. Songs interpreted in particular by Chris Thomas King, Harry McClintock or The Stanley Brothers. “The omnipresent music fits so naturally into the story that you don’t even realize it’s a musical. The ensemble causes a light and very pleasant euphoria,” we wrote in First.

John Turturro, a devotee of the Coen universe

Present in the cast of the film, John Turturro was not his first collaboration with Joel and Ethan Coen. Before O’Brother, the brilliant actor has already plunged into the dark and quirky universe of the two brothers by filming in Miller’s Crossing, Barton Fink and the unforgettable The Big Lebowski.

The cult film of the Coen brothers is to be seen again tonight on CStar.

Joel and Ethan Coen, return this evening on the small screen. And this thanks to CStar which offers to (re) discover O’Brother, a comedy carried by George Clooney, John Turturro, John Goodman and Tim Blake Nelson.

In Mississippi, during the Great Depression, three prisoners on the run, chained to each other, decide to go in search of the loot of a bank robbery, amounting to more than a million dollars. George Clooney improvises as a band leader by playing Ulysses, followed by his acolytes John Turturro (aka Pete the grumbler) and Tim Blake Nelson (Delmar the simpleton).

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“O’Brother works like a random accumulation of picaresque events, we wrote in First when it was released in the summer of 2000. Interest arises from the heroes’ ability to adapt to reality. All are changing, for better or for worse. The Coens themselves have evolved. The irony and sarcasm have disappeared to give way to an affection more and more felt for characters who are nonetheless naive or simpletons. The cruelty of life is never ignored either, even when it takes the fantastical, mind-blowing form of mermaids. (…) The Coen visually peaked. With period sets, quaint costumes, and the bizarrely faded photo of Roger Deakins, the image has the style and strength of a Crumb design. The ubiquitous music fits so naturally into the story that you don’t even realize it’s a musical. The whole causes a light and very pleasant euphoria. “

Before finding O ‘Brother this evening, here are some anecdotes on a work that has become cult, illustrated by unforgettable images from the film.

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