The Man Who Wasn't There (DVD)
Starring Billy Bob Thornton et al
List Price R 80
Discovery Miles 470
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Billy Bob Thornton plays mild-mannered barber Ed Crane in this take on the 1940s film noir from the Coen brothers. Ed suspects that his wife Doris (Frances McDormand) is having an affair with her boss, department store manager Dave Nirdlinger (James Gandolfini). So when he's offered the chance to invest in the newly-developed technology of dry cleaning, he decides to get the $10,000 he needs by blackmailing Dave. However, when Ed and Dave get into a fight, and Ed kills Dave in self-defence, it is Doris who gets arrested and put on trial for the killing. Ed must now try to find a way to save his own wife from the electric chair.
Barend, Greenacres. 3 December 2006
Film noir don't get much blacker than this. If you want to know how good this is, consider this: It is the only film I know by the Coen brothers where they provide a commentary track on the DVD. Even the limited edition double DVD set of Fargo had to do with a commentary track by the DP. They obviously consider this one of their best. And they should. It has everything you would expect from a good Coen bros. film, including a great script and great acting. Shot in color and printed in black and white it looks as good as it sounds. In color it just would not have looked this realistic.
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