April 29 – May 3
This razor-sharp modern film noir, the first film by Joel and Ethan Coen, introduced the brothers’ inimitable black humor and eccentric sense of character, a sensibility that has helped shape the course of contemporary American cinema. Deep in the heart of Texas, a sleazy bar owner suspects his wife of having an affair and hires a private detective to confirm his suspicions—only to have the crosshairs turned back on himself. Playfully shot by Barry Sonnenfeld and featuring a haunting score by Carter Burwell and a cunning performance by Frances McDormand, Blood Simple was a career-launching film for this ensemble and the first articulation of the precision of style that has defined the Coens’ work ever since.
Dir: Joel and Ethan Coen / 1984 / US / 95 min
“Watch this film, and these film makers, closely. Neither will disappoint.” – Richard Corliss, TIME
“The Coens, then as now, are alive to the possibilities of movies. So savor their technique and the sizzling performances.” – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
“One of the great debut features of modern times.” – David Jenkins, Little White Lies
SCREENING: SUN 4/29 7:30PM; TUE 5/1 4:00PM; THU 5/3 7:00PM
Tickets available at the box office 1/2 hour before showtimes.