It is now two weekends since the 11th annual Lebowski Fest, a celebration of all things involved with the Coen Brothers' 1998 cult classic The Big Lebowski. While this film is probably the most party-worthy, we should not forget the rest of the Coen's repertoire. They are perhaps among the most innovative of modern mainstream American filmmakers, ranging from dark comedy (Burn After Reading, Fargo) to pure dark (No Country For Old Men), and at times touching the realms of magical realism (The Hudsucker Proxy, Barton Fink). Their previous two films, True Grit and A Serious Man, received much-deserved Oscar nominations for Best Picture, an award they have already won with No Country. They are currently working on a film about a folk singer wandering around New York City in the 1960s, entitled Inside Llewyn Davis, which we will hopefully see next year.
But let's go back to the year 2000 when the brothers took a break from the modern era and released a film set in the 1930s: O Brother, Where Art Thou?, an adaptation of Homer's epic poem “The Odyssey.” George Clooney stars as Ulysses Everett McGill, a man who escapes from a chain gang with two other prisoners (John Turturro and Tim Blake Nelson) in order to retrieve a rather large sum of money he stole and hid before his incarceration. They only have four days before the location of the loot is to be flooded, and along the way the run into a motley assortment of characters, including a one-eyed Bible salesman, a guitarist who claims to have sold his soul to the devil, and a group of mysteriously alluring beautiful women.
O Brother, Where Art Thou will be playing tonight at Central Park in Old Louisville as the last installment of the Monday Movie Night film series. Admission is free and the film is scheduled to screen at 9:30. Central park is bordered by 4th Street, 6th Street, Park Avenue, and Magnolia Avenue.
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