At the NuArt: BLOOD SIMPLE

This razor-sharp modern film noir, the first film by Joel and Ethan Coen (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, No Country for Old Men), introduced the brothers’ inimitable black humor and eccentric sense of character, a sensibility that has helped shape the course of contemporary American cinema. Deep in the heart of Texas, a sleazy bar owner (Dan Hedaya) suspects his wife (Frances McDormand) of having an affair with a handsome bartender (John Getz) and hires an unscrupulous private detective (M. Emmet Walsh) to confirm his suspicions—only to find his actions rebounding against himself. Steamy, hard-boiled, deadly, with a justly-famous burial scene and a heart-pounding denouement, Blood Simple is unforgettable. Featuring a cunning performance by McDormand, a haunting score by Carter Burwell and playfully dramatic cinematography by Barry Sonnenfeld, the film was a career-launching hit for this ensemble and the first articulation of the precision of style that has defined the Coens’ work ever since. New 4K digital restoration supervised by the Coen Brothers and Sonnenfeld.