• The story centres around an affair and the couple involved.
  • A man and woman are seen laying in bed together, covered in sheets but no nudity is seen. They are also seen in the same position in photos.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


It is said that the blood maze is the famous work of the Cohen brothers and the virgin work, so I looked for it.

Cohen’s behoove is as like as two peas. Their stories are very common. But they often turn to the audience’s natural point of affection, which causes a kind of black humor. The kind of helplessness brought by this black humor is very impressive, but it is hard to be diluted at the end of the story, just like the usual film at the beginning. This is a funny world, full of helpless black humor, but it is a very ordinary world without any legend. This is one of my feelings after watching the Cohen brothers film.

Needless to say, let’s talk about the blood maze. According to the age, this debut shot in 1984 can be said to have laid an excellent foundation for the consistent style of Cohen brothers’ films. Of course, this style was brought into full play in the later ice storm. By the way, “snow storm” (also known as “snowflake high bizarre murder”) is the first time I have seen the work of the Cohen brothers.

There are mainly four people in blood maze: husband, wife, man and private detective.

The man had an affair with his wife. Of course, the husband was angry and insulted by his wife (not verbal, but an attack on the lower body). Therefore, the husband asked a private detective to solve a pair of dog men and women. Up to now, the film is very conventional, which is in line with the elements of a bad plot, but at this time, the plot has changed.

The private detective can be said to be the most motivated person in this film. His existence makes the whole film have a really different story, but you will ignore this person at the beginning of the film.

At the beginning of the film, the private detective secretly took pictures of cheating. The only thing that can show is his money loving personality. Generally speaking, Hollywood characters are transitional characters. Of course, their transitional characters are also very personality. Money is the personality of private detectives. At this time, he has not reached the main role status of the film.

After the husband saw the picture, the plot became a triangular relationship, of course, the stereotyped lover, husband and wife, interspersed with some men’s character struggle, incompetence and toughness, as well as women’s choice without hesitation, and so on. Until the husband felt too humiliated, so he invited the private detective to appear again.

As for the reward of 10000 yuan, private detectives have two options: one is to kill the so-called adulterer and adulteress and get money from their husband, but in this way, they have a handle on their husband; the other is to create an illusion, kill their husband after getting the money, and then frame the pair of adulterers. As for whether there is a third or fourth option, the Cohen brothers did not give. But obviously, the former is a homeopathic plot, while the latter is somewhat unexpected. The private detective thought so, so he chose the latter.

When seeing the private detective choose the latter, we must look back at the description in the previous paragraph of the film. The previous paragraph of the film gives two contents: one is the character of the private detective, who is not only addicted to money, but also confident and cunning; the other is the conflict between the adulterer and the adulterer and the husband, especially the husband owes the man two weeks’ wages, which is not large, but this is a contradiction.

Due to the above two contents, it is more reasonable for private detectives to choose the latter method to get 10000 yuan. When he got the money, he blamed others, and no one seemed to know about it. His wishful thinking was very good.

But no matter how smart people are, they will make mistakes. To be honest, if they don’t make mistakes, the plot will become a grievance play, but the director obviously doesn’t want to do so. First, the appearance of the lighter.

Generally, an object that is a close-up is bound to become a clue or motivation afterwards. It is certain to appear. When the private detective appeared for the first time in the opening film, the close-up of the lighter came out. For people with rich film viewing experience, this indicates that the private detective’s play must not be over. In addition, this technique is very Hitchcock’s. When killing her husband, the lighter fell, so later, the private detective looked for the trouble of the man and his wife in order to find the lighter.

What’s more worth mentioning is that the husband kept the forged photo. This is evidence. Of course, it can’t reassure the private detective. The lighter and photos constitute the motivation for the private detective’s next move. This is the last word. The foreshadowing is here, not to mention for the time being.

The private detective also made a mistake, that is, killing without death. The plot looks a little abrupt.

When the man sneaked into his husband’s house and found that his husband was killed and saw the gun left by his wife, he played the thinking of a policeman and took it for granted that his wife killed his husband, so he had the idea of destroying the body. Here is another object to be proposed, which is also one of the clues, that is, the gun.

This gun is not only a clue, but also a synonym for absurdity. At the beginning of the film, the gun was put forward. At that time, through his wife’s words, he gave the gun irrational cunning and ridiculous significance. Later, the gun was more intriguing. There were only three bullets in the gun. The first one was used by a private detective on his husband. The problem has not been solved.

The second one is off fire. No one knows how the last one is. This is a suspense. Let’s put it here for the time being.

When the man saw the scene of the murder, he transported his husband’s body out for the purpose of protecting his wife, but he found that his husband was not dead, at least not clean.

At this time, this seemingly abrupt plot began to contact people’s psychological level.

The man hesitated for a time. Even though he had dug the pit, his hands were shaking and buried a living man. He was the murderer. Is it worth it to transfer the crime from his wife to himself?

But the person looking for death would not let the living hesitate, so the husband fired at the wrong time. Three shots were empty. Is this the guy’s luck or the husband’s bad luck? Gun has once again become synonymous with irrationality.

But these three shots made the man make up his mind, so he became a real murderer and buried his husband alive. The inner changes of the characters are dominated by three empty guns.

The withdrawal of the husband made the relationship between the four become a new triangle. The private detective came on stage, and the man and his wife. By the way, the Cohen brothers are very good at creating triangular character relationships, which are reflected in many of their films.

Now the situation is like this. The private detective is a quasi omniscient person. When he went back to find the lighter and photos, he found the missing body. He also guessed what the man did. But one thing was a mistake. He thought that the man knew he was a murderer. He took a picture or a lighter.

Man is a misinformed person who thinks his wife kills unclean, and then he really kills people. He found the photo, but he didn’t understand what happened to the forged photo. More importantly, if he fell into the fog, the photo was quite psychedelic. It might prove that his husband was not dead, or it might indicate the end of himself and his wife, so he was frightened.

Compared with the two men, the wife is the most ignorant. She can only guess that the man killed her husband. She is worried about the man’s love. At the same time, there is a dream in the film. This dream is very interesting and even returns the wife to her original obligations. Obviously, this may be just a manifestation of regret, but it also proves that he began to have differences with the man, At least in her opinion, killing is always wrong.

The situation of the three people caused three different psychological motives. The private detective wanted to recover his mistakes. The man decided to escape, but the wife wanted to find out the truth.

For the private detective in the dark, the first way he could recover his mistake was to scare away the man and his wife, so his husband came back to life.

It seems to be a good way to implement your plan as a husband. In fact, it is a return to the plot, and it goes back to the triangular relationship between husband, man and wife at the beginning of the film. At this time, the audience was actually fooled. The plot of a triangular relationship became complex and profound under the transformation of the Cohen brothers, especially the intervention of private detectives. Similarly, the man and his wife thought that their husband was not dead and came for revenge.

At the end of the film, the man died at the hands of the “husband”, and the last shot finally rang. He was given a funny gun by his husband to kill the “husband”. At least our heroine, my wife, thinks so.

From the whole plot, there are several characteristics. The first is the triangular relationship, but one corner has been replaced.

Second, the meaning of props, guns, lighters and photos are clues, but guns are endowed with more profound meaning, that is, their irrationality, absurdity and black humor.

The third point is the accident. In my opinion, this is the novelty that the Cohen brothers can make the audience feel directly. The accident in the story is not limited by ordinary people’s thinking, but it has a reasonable plot foreshadowing. This is also the brilliance of the Cohen brothers in telling stories.

The fourth point is the uncertainty of people’s hearts. In the plot, the husband’s identity transformation from endurance to revenge, the private detective’s identity transformation from detective to killer and then to conspirator, and the man’s change from adulterer to murderer all change with the promotion of the plot, which is reasonable but helpless. Of course, from a certain point of view, the wife has not changed much, and the policewoman has not changed much in ice storm. This kind of female perseverance seems to be another symbol of Cohen brothers’ films.

The Cohen brothers’ films have never been fierce, but the story telling method can always give people a new experience. As their famous work, blood maze has established the Cohen style very mature.

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