As Hail, Caesar! hits cinemas, Hollywood’s cult classic-crafting brothers talk ShortList through their strange and unique career
In a career that has spanned 32 years and 17 films, Joel and Ethan Coen, AKA the Coen brothers, have built a reputation as both Hollywood’s most idiosyncratic filmmakers and its most sought after.
Combining dark comedy with visual flair to create slightly askew worlds that are unmistakably their own, the Coens are also celebrated for the way in which each of their films is stylistically different to the last and a CV that includes everything from pastiches of Thirties gangster films to their Oscar-winning adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s No Country For Old Men. With half of Hollywood clamouring to work on their films – latest effort Hail, Caesar! features everyone from George Clooney and Channing Tatum to Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton – it’s the perfect time to look back at how they got here.