Several oblique references are made to homosexual relationships among some of the male characters.
A man says that his sister tried to teach him “a thing or two about bed artistry.”
A man makes a veiled reference to a woman being a prostitute.
A woman is seen in bed after having sex with a man. She is covered by a sheet. He is in his undershirt.
An antique photograph of a nude woman is briefly seen. Breasts and nipples are visible. This is the most sexually explicit element out of the entire film.


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


Fracture and connection — an interpretation of “Miller intersection”

As one of the directors with independent editing rights, the Cohen brothers have always firmly grasped the script, actors and post production. (Orson wells tearfully) of course, for the general audience:

Scripts are often invisible and incomprehensible to us,

Most of the actors don’t know each other (of course, if there are famous actors in the Cohen brothers’ films, it will often damage the film itself to varying degrees: George Clooney wears a stubble face with “I’m very attractive”; Brad Pitt smiles with “I’m famous in Hollywood”; Tommy Lee Jones squints, “I’ve seen through the world for a long time.” His bags under his eyes were dangling everywhere, while Tom Hanks pretended to change his simple and honest nature,

As a whole, many of the stories are half understood (we can see that many of our classmates pretend to understand after reading them).

Where do the “raise Arizona” motorcyclists come from?

“Barton Fink” in the hotel fire, is the beach girl real?

Where’s the money for “murder green toe”?

What does the “no country for old” killer want?

What does “serious people” mean?

“Earth thunder” why did the little girl fall into the snake hole and amputate her limbs

For this film: what is Tom’s purpose? It has been unknown. Of course, in this case, the audience who has lost understanding of the story development will not help falling into pain or fascination. The former may fall asleep or delete angrily, and the latter may write a bad article. But in any case, the United States in the Cohen brothers’ mirror is undoubtedly one of the most real American images. This benefits from the following aspects.

I Construction of external environment — characteristics of times and regions

Most of the Cohen brothers’ films have a clear historical background or regional characteristics (sometimes both, sometimes neither, which is usually considered mediocre).

“Blood maze” in Texas desert;

“Raising Arizona” in the late Reagan administration,

“Miller’s crossroads” in the prohibition period;

“Barton Fink” was in New York and California on the eve of World War II;

“Ice blood storm” in Minnesota;

“Murder of green toe” in California during the Gulf War;

The “money Empire” is estimated to be under Coolidge

“No country for old people” is on the border between the United States and Mexico;

“Serious people” I guess it was in the late 1960s or later (Jefferson spaceship, hatgrass’s youth, record player, tape and stereo).

Remake of “old woman killer” in the South; “Earth thunder” was certainly in the pioneer era

It seems that the Cohen brothers’ films cover almost all the times and regions with unique characteristics of the times in the United States. Among them, “times” often brings people “Elegy”, and “region” often brings people local customs. These two factors often make people feel interesting because of their “uneven polymorphism”, but at the same time, it is difficult to find the universal laws under the times and regions, so human beings have misunderstandings and disputes for a long time.

Different from other films, we often turn a blind eye to the regional and era characteristics in the Cohen brothers’ films. This is the remarkable expressiveness of the Cohen brothers: no matter what era or regional background, people’s behavior always has something in common: Texans are religious and slightly fierce, and Minnesota people are slow in action and language, Californians are relaxed and indifferent. But these people without exception have human rationality and logic, but they also have the instinct of animals to seek advantages and avoid disadvantages (that is, “spirit and flesh”). When the two are out of proportion, they will form bright and interesting people and stories.

During the prohibition period, the film is full of “what’s the rumpus?” Under the shell of “whack him”), a group of people with great characteristics are also introduced. For the common anti alcohol gangster films (such as the American Past), there are many love and hate in this film, but it constitutes a completely different story. This benefits from the characterization. And make this story with an old shell look like it can even continue to this day.

II Characterization

Tommy:

Tommy’s motives seemed hard to understand at first. It’s hard for the audience to understand him. The people in the play said he was “smart”. The bosses of Leo and Caspar liked his intelligence. Bernie thought he was not as smart as himself. Eddie thought his “smart” was “killing Matt”. He wanted to be quick. In fact, only Verna knows his intelligence, because only Verna is with him – an outsider in the gap.

Of course, as a story film, only the director knows how to shape this image. In fact, as a Jewish director, “unknowability” is an eternal and subtle topic. In this film: Although the characters or the audience can see the facts with their eyes, it is difficult for everyone to understand the purpose and psychology of the characters.

As a matter of fact, Tommy’s “wisdom” always comes from judging the situation and believing in “you always do things for a reason” and taking the most compromise and the least loss for both sides, which is also recognized by the people in the play.

1. For the balance between the early Italian gang and the Irish state, the best choice is to sacrifice Bernie who does not abide by the rules (undermining the economic order in the prohibition era), “the mayor and the chief of police are obedient. What are you fooling about”. Of course, in order to relieve his depression, he gambled on horses and lost money as expected, which deepened his disgust with Bernie.

2. Development: Leo mistakenly thought that the Italian gang had killed their stalking members and smashed the Italian Gang’s bar. The Italian Gang failed to assassinate Leo, which intensified the contradiction. When Tommy failed to persuade Ferna and Rio at the same time, he had to “really” (only he knew it was pretended) transfer and join the Italian team.

3. At Miller’s intersection, Tommy let Bernie go because of “love” (just disappear, there’s no need to kill in order to retain Verna’s “love”). Since then, things have gradually got out of control.

4. Bernie’s back blackmail makes Tommy always want to find a chance to kill him. From the perspective of finding “soft foot shrimp”, Tommy is quite smart, but most of his smart actions can’t escape Eddie’s follow and torture of his participants. At the same time, every smart action can’t escape the eyes of the audience. This, without exception, reflects the important view of Cohen brothers’ films that “planning meets impermanence”. At this time, the director made the audience and Tommy feel this at the same time: Tommy vomited uncontrollably when he returned to Miller’s intersection, but picked up a dog’s life. Tommy tried to find and kill Bernie through “soft footed shrimp Johnson”, but Eddie watched him and almost strangled him again.

5. Towards the end, after Caspar’s death, killing Bernie is only an option: kill Bernie to get Leo’s “love” and Verna’s hatred; Leave Bernie to get Verna’s love. Of course, the latter is slightly better, because if Bernie is killed, Verna will turn her face. If Bernie doesn’t understand, Tommy may only suffer some loss of reputation. But at this time, Tommy was on the verge of losing control, and reason and “love” had been suppressed by the beast brought by a series of strong psychological pressure, so he naturally responded coldly to the plea for “look into your heart” and pulled the trigger.

Finally, everyone thought that Tommy had handled the Italian Gang wisely, and only he (and perhaps Verna) could feel the silence and sadness in his heart.

Kaspa:

Caspar has a wife and children. Of course, he loves his fat son very much and has time to listen to his fat wife’s fast nagging. He runs a family more than the Irish boss runs a gang like a business.

For gangsters, in fact, they can’t get rid of the essence of “cutting Lang”. Prohibition of alcohol has undoubtedly had a certain negative economic impact on American society. Therefore, private wine trading is naturally very popular. No wonder the police chief and the mayor negotiate with the two bosses every day. The police chief, Irish audur, complained many times that the two bosses were not kind and smashed the wine shops on both sides every day for the sake of that smelly boy Bernie. Is it worth it?

At the same time, compared with boss Leo, who is in love, Caspar, who has a wife and children, pays more attention to the overall interests and subordinates, but he is also more credulous. For the loyal but ferocious Eddie and the cold and calm Tommy who looks very smart, Eddie naturally falls into a deeper dilemma.

Finally, as the boss of family, Caspar hates the destruction of order and the challenge of authority. In the film, Leo and he are the authority, and the rest are not. So he began to discuss matters with Leo, which was undoubtedly in line with order and authority. But the irrational Leo didn’t care about it at all; Tommy didn’t want to recognize him and betray Bernie at first; In the middle and later stages of the film, the mayor was embarrassed by his request. So they all suffered Caspar’s hoarse roar: airs! (high-hat!)

At the end of the film, when the order and authority of the prohibition era disappeared, the rationality built on this system was naturally defeated by impermanence, and Caspar was buried at the entrance of the stairs.

Mink:

Mink is cunning and sensitive. He is no different from Bernie. He killed the wig gang member with the tip because of fear, but the wig was taken away by passers-by. For this boss Leo, I can’t understand why this small event has become the only mystery in the film (of course, the audience seems very interesting).

Bernie

Bernie is called a “Jew” and belongs to a rule breaker. Of course, in the film, he also abides by the principle of “plan meets impermanence”. He thought his sister’s lover would not betray himself, but he was betrayed. He thought he was going to die, but he picked up a dog’s life. But when he tried to get rid of his dangerous situation through a cunning and dangerous plan and finally get rid of Caspar, the biggest threat, Tommy shot him in the middle of his forehead.

Here, the Cohen brothers give us a typical sample, that is: relying on sophisticated calculation and rational speculation, we may get the conclusion that “it is feasible in probability”, but the actual operation should not forget the risk and irrational animal instinct. Of course, the Cohen brothers later clarified this truth in the “serious people” more than ten years later.

Drop Johnson

Johnson, a soft legged shrimp, plays the role of “howling fat man”. As a poor man who has not received much education and is almost illiterate, his mind is almost like a child: eating milk cereal, reading comic newspapers, making a little money dangerously through Bernie (which reflects his ignorance), and yelling in fear when witnessing the tragedy of the shovel sticking to his face. It reflects the most direct reflection of the primitive fear of animal nature.

Another howling fat man in the film is the fat woman Tommy bumps into. Compared with her strong figure, the bag she uses to hit Tom is pitifully small. This also reflects the unfair society and distorted fashion taste during the prohibition period

Sam Remy:

Sam Remy plays a thug with two revolvers. He first kills the surrendering Irish bandit with one shot, and then is killed by Thomson submachine gun.

Of course, Sam Remy is famous for “ghost playing people” (more commonly known as “Spider Man”). In this film, the fast-moving camera method in “ghost player” is directly moved to the scene of Eddie’s death: “soft foot shrimp Johnson” howls in fear and boss Caspar’s roar. Undoubtedly put pressure on Tommy and the audience.

Leo

Leo, as the boss of Ireland, obviously lacks rationality. Of course, in the chaotic prohibition era, keen intuition can often turn rationality upside down. The unexpected visit late at night, the sharp counterattack of Thomson’s submachine gun, full of old fists for his most loyal men. All reflect Leo’s rich experience and keen sense. However, as a temperament person who is difficult to abide by the rules, he lost the support of the mayor and the chief of police, and the pubs were smashed one after another.

But the funny thing is that Caspar’s death in vain covered Leo’s irrationality and accidentally attached her to Verna, an outsider who lost communication and support. Rational Tommy left sadly

Eddie:

Eddie is fierce and loyal. He hates smart people. Once said to Verna, “as soon as I speak, the world becomes smarter.”. In the blink of an eye, Ferna subdued the gunman and killed two of Leo’s men. Later, fat beat Caspar’s men tick tack and Frankie to extort a confession, and then fat beat the soft footed shrimp to extort a confession again. Unfortunately, when he was about to pull out Tommy’s little tail, he died under the gun of the boss who had followed him for a long time.

Eddie was wearing a tie fixed with a pin (he was the only one dressed like this in the play), relying on continuous rationality and unremitting investigation to stop Tommy’s impermanence, but he was defeated by his boss. This also reflects the theme of impermanence conquering rationality.

Vernna

Verna is the most special character. She is the only one who uses and only uses “love” to guide her behavior. She used “love” to protect Bernie and love against Tommy. Compared with Leo’s courtship and Tom’s Socratic love, Verna’s love is undoubtedly much more meaningful. But the purer love burns, the faster it disappears. When the things she built with love disappeared, Verna could only find herself a final destination of love.

This is also one of the Cohen brothers’ recognition of women. In their view, from an unfaithful wife (blood maze) to a pregnant police officer (ice blood storm), from a former police officer married to a former criminal to a religious black old woman, they all guide their behavior with simple “love” to surpass and overcome abused rationality.

Attachment: typical characters in Cohen brothers films

Troubled protagonist: all movies

Howling fat man: all the roles played by “John good man”, the detective in the blood maze, and of course, the wife snatcher in “serious man”

Heroine: almost all heroines

Fickle authority figures: the image of all “bosses”: including studios, gangsters and entrepreneurs

The mysterious wise man: all the aside, the old man in the bar, the old blind on the railway line.

For this film:

The protagonist in trouble: Tommy

Howling fat man: drop Johnson

Heroine: vernna

Fickle authority figures: Leo and kaspa

Mysterious wise man: almost none, maybe vernna in this film

III Narrative structure and image

Little known is that the shooting of “Miller crossroads” experienced an interruption and stagnation. In the process of interruption, the Cohen brothers created the film “Barton Fink”. Now it seems that the two films have the same causes and different results. Tommy was regarded as successful, but his heart was full of loss. Barton Fink wrote a good script, but was scolded by his boss. Even so, he returned to his dream of the beach.

We never know why the interruption is, but the author casually guesses that in shooting such a “out of control” and “unknowable” film, the shooting process itself becomes “out of control” and “unknowable”, so the director turns to the depths of his heart to seek direction.

About “out of control” and “unknowable” in Cohen brothers’ films, people often fall into a desperate situation that is completely opposite to their temperament and preferences. If you get out of this situation, you will become Superman, otherwise you will fall into the abyss.

The traditional playwright of “Barton Fink” wrote a play about the soul

The laziest “governor” of “murder green toe” must take the risk

“No country for old” hunters must deal with killers

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