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Maybe It Was Utah: The Coen Brothers’ Brilliance Explained in Five Final Scenes

Maybe It Was Utah: The Coen Brothers’ Brilliance Explained in Five Final Scenes

That the Coen brothers are among the most gifted and influential filmmakers of their generation is widely acknowledged, but their particular talent for endings has gone relatively unstudied. Wordsmiths whose endlessly quotable dialogue and one-of-a-kind characters have proven inimitable (though many have tried), they’ve showed time and again how powerful a knockout final scene can be. As you look ahead to their newest chapter, “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” take a moment to appreciate how their previous chapters have ended.

5. “Fargo”: The Three-Cent Stamp

One could accurately, if reductively, describe the Coens’ body of work as a mix of dark comedies and even darker crime dramas. Part of the reason why “Fargo” was so successful — it won the brothers their first Oscar, for Best Original Screenplay, and is rightly regarded as one of their finest films — is because it so seamlessly blends those two impulses. That’s nowhere

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