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blood simple

The Rise of Texas Noir?

May 29, 2014 By Christopher Kelly

Two films based here borrow elements of country noir and could be invigorating the genre exemplified in another Texas-set film: "Blood Simple."

Blood Simple (1984)

May 31, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Director: Joel and Ethan CoenPlot: Man hires hit man to kill his wife. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: RAPP: But, you know, I put it next to Blood Simple or No Country for Old Men, and there’s no comparison. Blood Simple—that film is almost flawless. BLOOM:…

Joel Coen

Sep 30, 1998 By Patricia McConnico

I came to Austin in 1979 because I was married to a woman in the graduate program in linguistics at the University of Texas. I enrolled in the graduate film school there, but after one semester I quit. I had just gotten out of New York University, and my leaving…

Blood Simple (1984)

Dec 31, 1969 By Texas Monthly

Director: Joel and Ethan CoenPlot: Bar owner hires hit man to kill his wife and her lover. Double-crossing ensues. Excerpts from our roundtable discussion: BLOOM: I like Blood Simple too. But it’s very cinematic. It is based on images and ideas of Texas from film history and…