Great Job, Internet!: Video essay examines the point of view shots of the Coen Bros.

Despite working in a multitude of genres, with different directors of photography and editors, there still are some tell-tale elements of the Coen Brothers’ style. Usually people will point to their writing, with quick yet deep characterization and unique dialogue that betrays a quirkiness inherent to their works. However, one recurrent element that Jacob T. Swinney noticed was their use of point of view shots in all of their films.

As Swinney writes:

With a filmography that covers everything from westerns and gangster flicks to comedies and film noir, it can be rather difficult to pinpoint what exactly contributes to the style of Joel and Ethan Coen. While there are reoccurring themes and ideas that surface throughout the filmmakers’ work, a consistent visual aesthetic is not easily recognized. What makes a Coen Brothers film look like a Coen Brothers film? One stylistic element that seems to be rather prominent in …

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