Directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (USA, 2001, 115 min.). Digital.
Set in a small northern California town in the late 1940s, The Man Who Wasn’t There tells the story of Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton), a chain-smoking barber dissatisfied with his life. Upon discovering that his wife, Doris (Frances McDormand), is having an affair with her boss, “Big Dave” Brewster (James Gandolfini), Ed finds an opportunity for blackmail that he hopes will turn his life around.
The Man Who Wasn’t There is the Coen brothers’ only black-and-white film (shot masterfully by cinematographer Roger Deakins), with velveteen blacks and marble whites providing a sensuous, dreamy landscape that contrasts sublimely with the plot’s rising, palpable tension.
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