The Hudsucker Proxy
1994 Director: Joel & Ethan Coen C: Roger Deakins
Starring: Tim Robbins, Paul Newman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Charles Durning, Bill Cobbs
They took him for a fall guy…but he threw them for a hoop.
Okay. I worship most of the Coen Brothers movies. I started with them on Raising Arizona. I have seen every film they have made. There are a few mediocre films, a couple stinkers. Overall, their work is sublime. Hudsucker Proxy, out of the whole oeuvre, is the best.
The first time I saw this film I was overwhelmed with how amazing it was, how thoroughly entertaining it was, how intelligent it was. it functions simultaneously on multiple levels.
There is a layer that is the acorns celebrating their love of films from the 20s and 30s. Next, it is a well told underdog story. Next, it is a very mature exploration of what naïveté is. An insight ent of corporations. It touches on good and evil, heaven and hell, the value of an education.
I will do an in depth breakdown of Hudsucker sometime. I realized while writing their post that I have a lot to say.
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