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* TypeCasting: They're known for typecasting some of their favourite actors - but in [[PlayingAgainstType roles completely unlike the way they're typically typecast.]] Creator/JohnGoodman typically plays loud, violent and/or completely psychotic characters in Coen brothers films, in contrast to his other roles. (They do, however, make good use of his ability to also be very [[FauxAffablyEvil genial]] in both ''Barton Fink'' and ''O Brother Where Art Thou?'' -- then he finds a middle ground as a man who is affable and crude in ''Inside Llewyn Davis''.) Creator/GeorgeClooney also plays [[BrainlessBeauty handsome, All-American idiots]] across four Coen films.

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* TypeCasting: They're known for typecasting some of their favourite actors - but in [[PlayingAgainstType roles completely unlike the way they're typically typecast.]] Creator/JohnGoodman typically plays loud, violent and/or completely psychotic characters in Coen brothers films, in contrast to his other roles. (They do, however, make good use of his ability to also be very [[FauxAffablyEvil genial]] in both ''Barton Fink'' and ''O Brother Where Art Thou?'' -- then he finds a middle ground as a man who is affable and crude in ''Inside Llewyn Davis''.) Creator/GeorgeClooney also Creator/GeorgeClooney, known for playing suave sophisticates, plays [[BrainlessBeauty handsome, All-American idiots]] buffoons across four Coen films.


* IdiotBall: Their "selfish and unrealistic" characters are ''notoriously'' known for carrying this, to the extent of pushing things to an IdiotPlot. This is however a prime example of Administrivia/TropesAreNotBad, though, because their work is actually ''better'' for it.

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** ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' has numerous instances of characters talking over each other, stuttering and repeating themselves. Every "um" was written into the script.


All of their films are scored by Music/CarterBurwell. All of their films are edited by Roderick Jaynes. He doesn't exist. He is a pseudonym for the brothers themselves. They like to have creative control on their films. Yeah.

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All of their films are scored by Music/CarterBurwell. All of their films are edited by Roderick Jaynes. He doesn't exist. He is a pseudonym for the brothers themselves. They Yeah, they like to have creative control on their films. Yeah.
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* FilmNoir: ''Blood Simple'', ''Miller's Crossing'', ''The Big Lebowski'', and ''The Man Who Wasn't There'' are based on the classic potboilers of Creator/DashiellHammett, Creator/RaymondChandler, and Creator/JamesMCain. Respectively, with Hammett getting the first two.

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* FilmNoir: ''Blood Simple'', ''Miller's Crossing'', ''The Big Lebowski'', and ''The Man Who Wasn't There'' are based on the classic potboilers of Creator/DashiellHammett, Hammett again, Creator/RaymondChandler, and Creator/JamesMCain. Respectively, with Hammett getting the first two.Creator/JamesMCain, respectively.


* IdiotBall: Their "selfish and unrealistic" characters are ''notoriously'' known for carrying this, to the extent of pushing things to an IdiotPlot. This is however a prime example of TropesAreNotBad, though, because their work is actually ''better'' for it.

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* IdiotBall: Their "selfish and unrealistic" characters are ''notoriously'' known for carrying this, to the extent of pushing things to an IdiotPlot. This is however a prime example of TropesAreNotBad, Administrivia/TropesAreNotBad, though, because their work is actually ''better'' for it.

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*LighterAndSofter: A couple of his films (Like ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'', ''Film/RaisingArizona'' and ''Film/IntolerableCruelty'') have a more optimistic feel and have either happy or [[BitterSweetEnding bittersweet]] endings.


* {{Troll}}: Nathan Rabin once described Them by saying that They'd heckle Their own funerals if They could.

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* {{Troll}}: Nathan Rabin once described Them by saying joked that They'd they'd heckle Their their own funerals if They could.they could.
* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: One of their trademarks. They've been known to make {{Period Piece}}s set in the ''very'' recent past, often with a weirdly specific timeframe ([[TheWalrusWasPaul which is rarely significant to the plot]]). Just to name a few: ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' (1996) takes place in 1987, ''Film/TheBigLebowski'' (1998) takes place in 1991, and ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'' (2007) takes place in 1980.


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[[note]]Ethan on the left, Joel on the right[[/note]]]]


** This happened again in the 2000s. After the runaway success of ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou,'' they followed it up with the commercially unsuccessful ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere,'' the less distinctive ''Film/IntolerableCruelty,'' and the coolly received ''Film/TheLadykillers2004.'' Critics had begun to believe that the brothers had lost their touch and they didn't make another film until three years later. That movie? ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen,'' which won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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** This happened again in the 2000s. After the runaway success of ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou,'' they followed it up with the commercially unsuccessful ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere,'' ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere2001,'' the less distinctive ''Film/IntolerableCruelty,'' and the coolly received ''Film/TheLadykillers2004.'' Critics had begun to believe that the brothers had lost their touch and they didn't make another film until three years later. That movie? ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen,'' which won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.



* DVDCommentary: ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' is their only film to contain a serious one. The 20th-anniversary re-release of ''Film/BloodSimple'' has a parody commentary by a spokesperson for "[[RunningGag Forever Young Films]]".

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* DVDCommentary: ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere2001'' is their only film to contain a serious one. The 20th-anniversary re-release of ''Film/BloodSimple'' has a parody commentary by a spokesperson for "[[RunningGag Forever Young Films]]".



** The only film to feature little to none of their frequent collaborators is ''Film/ASeriousMan'', in which they deliberately cast lesser-known actors to make the film feel more authentic. There are cameos from previously one-off collaborators like Michael Lerner (''Film/BartonFink''), Steve Park (''Film/{{Fargo}}''), and Katherine Borowitz (''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' and John Turturro's RealLife wife). And, as alluded to above, ''Inside Llewyn Davis'' is an aversion in a technological sense, as it's the only film where neither Roger Deakins nor Carter Burwell were participants.

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** The only film to feature little to none of their frequent collaborators is ''Film/ASeriousMan'', in which they deliberately cast lesser-known actors to make the film feel more authentic. There are cameos from previously one-off collaborators like Michael Lerner (''Film/BartonFink''), Steve Park (''Film/{{Fargo}}''), and Katherine Borowitz (''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' (''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere2001'' and John Turturro's RealLife wife). And, as alluded to above, ''Inside Llewyn Davis'' is an aversion in a technological sense, as it's the only film where neither Roger Deakins nor Carter Burwell were participants.


* ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' (2001)

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* ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' ''[[Film/TheManWhoWasntThere2001 The Man Who Wasn't There]]'' (2001)


* AdaptationDistillation: ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'', and widely regarded as superior because of it.

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* AdaptationDistillation: ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen'', and widely regarded as superior because of it.it



* AttentionDeficitCreatorDisorder: They have admitted to often starting new projects while still in the middle of other ones. For example, ''Film/BartonFink'' was written while they were stuck writing ''Film/MillersCrossing''.



* CareerResurrection:
** ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy'' very nearly killed their careers entirely. In response, they made ''Film/{{Fargo}}'', which not only revived their momentum completely but was nominated for several Oscars (including Best Picture) and winning for Best Original Screenplay.
** This happened again in the 2000s. After the runaway success of ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou,'' they followed it up with the commercially unsuccessful ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere,'' the less distinctive ''Film/IntolerableCruelty,'' and the coolly received ''Film/TheLadykillers2004.'' Critics had begun to believe that the brothers had lost their touch and they didn't make another film until three years later. That movie? ''Film/NoCountryForOldMen,'' which won the Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay.
* CopiouslyCreditedCreator: Serve as writer-producer-director-editors on nearly all their films.



* CreatorCouple: Joel Coen and Frances [=McDormand=]. She was the star of their first movie and has appeared in at least minor roles in many of their films (not to mention main roles like in ''Fargo'').



* DVDCommentary: ''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' is their only film to contain a serious one. The 20th-anniversary re-release of ''Film/BloodSimple'' has a parody commentary by a spokesperson for "[[RunningGag Forever Young Films]]".



* ExecutiveMeddling: The brothers were originally only supposed to direct ''Film/IntolerableCruelty''. When they were assigned the screenplay, they were told they could do anything they wanted as long as Creator/GeorgeClooney and Creator/CatherineZetaJones's characters ended up together, which is actually not unreasonable for a romantic comedy.



* HanlonsRazor: One of the main themes in all their films is human stupidity and its horrible consequences

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* HanlonsRazor: One of the main themes in all their films is human stupidity and its horrible consequencesconsequences.
* HeAlsoDid: Occasionally, they'll write or rewrite screenplays for somebody else to direct, such as ''Crimewave'', the recent remake of ''Gambit'', Creator/AngelinaJolie's ''Film/{{Unbroken}}'', and Creator/StevenSpielberg's ''Bridge of Spies''.


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* InvisibleAdvertising: Their early film ''Crimewave'', written by them but directed by Creator/SamRaimi of ''Franchise/EvilDead'' and ''Spider-Man'' fame.
* {{Lying Creator}}s: They have been known to make absurd and at times blatantly untrue statements about their own films.
** ''Fargo'' is prefaced by the claim that the events portrayed actually happened. This is untrue, though it was inspired by the true story of a man who disposed of his wife in a wood chipper.
** They liked to pretend that "Roderick Jaynes," the pseudonym they use as an editing team, is a real person.


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* ProductionPosse: The amount of crew that changes from film to film can be in the single digits.
** Each film after ''Film/MillersCrossing'' (except ''Film/BurnAfterReading'' and ''Film/InsideLlewynDavis'') has had Roger Deakins as cinematographer (before that it was [[Film/TheAddamsFamily Barry]] [[Film/MenInBlack Sonnenfeld]]) and a score by Music/CarterBurwell (except ''Film/OBrotherWhereArtThou'' and ''Film/InsideLlewynDavis'' again).
** The Coens reuse actors very frequently, and have a reputation for being enjoyable to work with despite their perfectionism. Frequent actor collaborators include Creator/SteveBuscemi, Creator/JonPolito, Creator/JohnTurturro, Creator/FrancesMcDormand, Creator/JohnGoodman, Creator/JeffBridges, Creator/JoshBrolin, Creator/BruceCampbell and Creator/GeorgeClooney.
** The only film to feature little to none of their frequent collaborators is ''Film/ASeriousMan'', in which they deliberately cast lesser-known actors to make the film feel more authentic. There are cameos from previously one-off collaborators like Michael Lerner (''Film/BartonFink''), Steve Park (''Film/{{Fargo}}''), and Katherine Borowitz (''Film/TheManWhoWasntThere'' and John Turturro's RealLife wife). And, as alluded to above, ''Inside Llewyn Davis'' is an aversion in a technological sense, as it's the only film where neither Roger Deakins nor Carter Burwell were participants.
** In addition to these, the Coens are good friends with director Creator/SamRaimi, with Joel assistant-editing ''Film/TheEvilDead,'' cameoed and did rewrite work (uncredited) on ''Film/{{Darkman}},'' and collaborating on ''Crimewave'' and ''Film/TheHudsuckerProxy.''


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* RomanceOnTheSet: Joel Coen and Frances [=McDormand=] on the set of ''Film/BloodSimple''.


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* ShrugOfGod: The Coen Brothers never give clear answers to what their films might mean or what's actually going on--so they're more like teasing audiences and critics.


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* TypeCasting: They're known for typecasting some of their favourite actors - but in [[PlayingAgainstType roles completely unlike the way they're typically typecast.]] Creator/JohnGoodman typically plays loud, violent and/or completely psychotic characters in Coen brothers films, in contrast to his other roles. (They do, however, make good use of his ability to also be very [[FauxAffablyEvil genial]] in both ''Barton Fink'' and ''O Brother Where Art Thou?'' -- then he finds a middle ground as a man who is affable and crude in ''Inside Llewyn Davis''.) Creator/GeorgeClooney also plays [[BrainlessBeauty handsome, All-American idiots]] across four Coen films.
* UncreditedRole: They were uncredited script doctors for ''Film/FunWithDickAndJane'' and ''Film/BadSanta'', the latter of which they were also credited producers for.


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!!Notable tropes in the Coen Brothers' films include:

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* ImplacableMan: Most of the criminal characters in their stories are [[StupidCrooks foolish and incompent morons]], so by contrast, the ''real'' (and most genuinely threatening) villains in their stories are relentless sociopaths who often operate on [[BlueAndOrangeMorality an almost incomprehensible worldview]], like [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]], [[Film/{{Fargo}} Gaear Grimsurd]], [[Film/RaisingArizona Leonard Smalls]], [[Film/BloodSimple Lorren Visser]], and, to a lesser extent, [[spoiler: [[Film/BartonFink Charlie Mundt.]]]]

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* ImplacableMan: Most of the criminal characters in their stories are [[StupidCrooks foolish and incompent morons]], so by contrast, the ''real'' (and most genuinely threatening) villains in their stories are relentless sociopaths who often operate on [[BlueAndOrangeMorality an almost incomprehensible worldview]], like [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]], [[Film/{{Fargo}} Gaear Grimsurd]], [[Film/RaisingArizona Leonard Smalls]], [[Film/BloodSimple Lorren Visser]], [[Film/TheBalladOfBusterScruggs Buster Scruggs]], and, to a lesser extent, [[spoiler: [[Film/BartonFink Charlie Mundt.]]]]

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* ImplacableMan: Most of the criminal characters in their stories are [[StupidCrooks foolish and incompent morons]], so by contrast, the ''real'' (and most genuinely threatening) villains in their stories are relentless sociopaths who often operate on [[BlueAndOrangeMorality an almost incomprehensible worldview]], like [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen Anton Chigurh]], [[Film/{{Fargo}} Gaear Grimsurd]], [[Film/RaisingArizona Leonard Smalls]], [[Film/BloodSimple Lorren Visser]], and, to a lesser extent, [[spoiler: [[Film/BartonFink Charlie Mundt.]]]]

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