“TURN TO THE LEFT!”
“TURN TO THE RIGHT!”
Just eight words and Holly Hunter became a star. But that’s The Coen Brothers for you, whatever those Guys touch, it turns to Gold!
First, let’s go back one Film, ‘Blood Simple.’ There’s a Scene in the Film when a newspaper comes flying out of nowhere and hits the screen door of a main character’s home during a pivotal moment.
When I saw the film I couldn’t stop commenting on that scene; there was something unique about the photographic set up that was new, fresh, organically grown.
‘Raising Arizona’ proved my theory about the visionary tracking system The Coen Brothers harbored in their brains, their radar screen covered an ocean, not just the beach.
‘Raising Arizona’ is a Black Comedy, child napping isn’t the topic for straight humor, but it was definitely a subject to bring to light,— and Oh Boy!- was this film BRIGHT!
First up, a perfect cast. Characters hand drawn, then given life by an acting troupe that all went on to bigger things.
Second, the Cinematography was groundbreaking at the time, opening Visual gateways to an entire generation of filmmakers, allowing them to go beyond many conformed rules associated with filmmaking. See: Paul Thomas Anderson, Wes Anderson, Spike Jonze, Tom Tykwer,- to name a few of the best talent in today’s cinema market.
‘Raising Arizona’ is one Film that requires no full length introduction, it continues to share space with 99 other spectacularly constructed works on my All Time 100.
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