No movie for old endings

 

Ethan Coen didn't like the question. You could tell by the grimace on his face.

It was at a press luncheon last May in Cannes, where Ethan and his brother Joel were talking following the world premiere of No Country for Old Men, their extraordinary new movie.

I had asked the Coens why they chose to end No Country on a character's retelling of a post-apocalyptic dream, as author Cormac McCarthy does in his source novel.

Most filmmakers, I suggested, would have finished on the more conventional but also more dramatic high of an incident that occurs a couple of scenes earlier.

(Source: Toronto Star)


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