File spoon-archives/lyotard.archive/lyotard_2001/lyotard.0111, message 121

Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2001 13:50:33 +1000
Subject: Re: A religion for cyborgs


The Coen Bros.and Frances Dormand appeared on Charlie Rose TV.  Think
they've been on more than once before.  The bros. must practice to look so
grungy.  They said the movie was inspired by some pictures of  boys haircuts
that were in an office they used.  Pictures were shown early in the movie.
Neither brother seems to have ever been in a barber chair. Dormand looked
like the movie star she has been for 18 years, but was not overdressed.  All
three were great admirers of
Billy Bob.



> hbone wrote:
> P.S.  After writing the above I saw the movie:  "The Man Who Wasn't
> There". It's billed as comedy.  It is absurd and funny and sad.. If
> you're thinking ethics, its a jarring journey into a  "no-man's land"
> (in an old-fashioned military sense) or a "wasteland" as in Eliot.
> Hugh:
> I also saw the movie. I'm a big fan of the Coen brothers. For me, the
> touchstone was Camus' The Stranger which is an ironic looping in a
> number of ways.
> Camus acknowledged that James Cain's "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
> was a big influence on his book.  In retrospect, this is fairly easy to
> see.  Pulp fiction as an existential metaphysical thriller.
> Now the Coen brothers have connected both parts together again. Both a
> homage to film noir and Camus, this time the stranger is told as the
> ultimately American story it always secretly was.
> eric


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