Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sun, Jun 23, 2019
7:30pm

TYING THE COEN BROTHERS TOGETHER
Double Feature! Author Adam Nayman In Person!
FARGO / A SERIOUS MAN
Introduction by author Adam Nayman, who will sign his new book, The Coen Brothers: This Book Really Ties the Films Together, in the lobby at 6:30 PM.
35 mm!

FARGO
1996, Park Circus/MGM, 98 min, USA, UK, Dir: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

One of Joel and Ethan Coen’s most acclaimed films (they won Oscars for their screenplay and Frances McDormand got one for Best Actress). Cool, calm, collected (and pregnant!) policewoman Marge (McDormand) tracks the kidnappers of a used car salesman’s wife in North Dakota’s snow-covered wasteland. Salesman Jerry’s (William H. Macy) inept plot to get out of debt by staging the hoax unravels in gory fashion when his two bizarrely mismatched henchmen (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) have a falling-out. That hulking Stormare’s nonchalant, bloodcurdling use of a woodchipper at the climax emerges as both chilling and hilarious testifies to the Coens' complete mastery of tone in the filmmaking process. “…an illuminating amalgam of emotion and thought. It glimpses into the heart of man and unearths a blackly comic nature, hellishly mercurial and selfish, yet strangely innocent. If it weren't so funny, it would be unbearably disturbing.” – Arnold Wayne Jones, The Dallas Observer; “A crime gem that is darkly funny even when it's chilling -- and certain to become a classic.” – Peter Stack, The San Francisco Chronicle.


10th Anniversary!

A SERIOUS MAN
2009, Focus Features, 105 min, USA/UK/France, Dir: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Jewish physics professor Larry Gropnik (Michael Stuhlbarg) can't catch a break: his wife (Sari Lennick) wants a divorce, his malady-laden brother (Richard Kind) is living on his couch, and his tenure is endangered by a small misunderstanding that snowballs into a fiasco. Only the Coen brothers could make such a modern-day Job's plight so painfully hilarious; their return to the world of Minnesota academia in which they grew up yields one of their richest, most personal films to date.


Screening format: 35mm (FARGO), 4K DCP (A SERIOUS MAN)
Aero Theatre • Sun, Jun 23, 2019 • 7:30pm

Films in this Series at the Aero

Author Adam Nayman In Person!
Fri, Jun 21, 2019 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Author Adam Nayman In Person!
Sat, Jun 22, 2019 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre