• BLOOD SIMPLE Edition Intro

  • BLOOD SIMPLE Original Trailer

  • BLOOD SIMPLE Fund-Raising Trailer

  • BLOOD SIMPLE Storyboards

    This 2016 piece by photographer Grant Delin compares scenes from BLOOD SIMPLE with their original storyboards. Featuring commentary by the Coen brothers, DP Barry Sonnenfeld, and actor Frances McDormand, this fascinating glimpse at the Coens’ team’s creative process highlights the careful plannin...

  • Blood Simple

    Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen • 1984 • United States

    Joel and Ethan Coen's career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous though...

  • Blood Simple

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    Criterion Collection Edition #834

    Joel and Ethan Coen’s career-long darkly comic road trip through misfit America began with this razor-sharp, hard-boiled neonoir set somewhere in Texas, where a sleazy bar owner releases a torrent of violence with one murderous thought. Actor M. Emmet Walsh loom...

  • Shooting BLOOD SIMPLE

    Joel and Ethan Coen tapped Barry Sonnenfeld to photograph their debut feature—a first for the cinematographer as well, as he had never shot on 35 mm film before. In May 2016, the three sat down to discuss and illustrate the film’s lighting and design, and to talk about some mistakes they felt the...

  • Megan Abbott on BLOOD SIMPLE

  • Bill Hader on BLOOD SIMPLE

  • Frances McDormand on BLOOD SIMPLE

    Actor Frances McDormand auditioned for BLOOD SIMPLE on the recommendation of her friend Holly Hunter, and the part of Abby Marty became her first feature role. In this interview from June 2016, McDormand offers insight into the Coen brothers’ creative process and discusses how the film changed he...

  • Guillermo del Toro on BLOOD SIMPLE

  • M. Emmet Walsh on BLOOD SIMPLE

    Joel and Ethan Coen wrote BLOOD SIMPLE with M. Emmet Walsh in mind for the role of private detective Loren Visser, after seeing his performance as a parole officer in 1978’s STRAIGHT TIME. In this June 2016 interview, Walsh looks back on his experiences with the first-time filmmakers, including h...

  • Dave Eggers and the Coen Brothers on BLOOD SIMPLE

    Author, screenwriter, and publisher Dave Eggers sat down with Joel and Ethan Coen in May 2016 to discuss the directors’ debut film, BLOOD SIMPLE—from its initial inspiration and their efforts to get its production off the ground through the complicated process of finding a distributor.

  • The Viewer Who Knew Just Enough: Point of View in BLOOD SIMPLE
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    The Viewer Who Knew Just Enough: Point of View in BLOOD SIMPLE

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    With their razor-sharp debut BLOOD SIMPLE, Joel and Ethan Coen introduced the world to their striking sensibility and redefined film noir for a new generation. In this edition of Observations on Film Art, Professor David Bordwell explores how the brothers employ a sophisticated shuffling of viewp...

  • The Viewer Who Knew Just Enough: Point of View in BLOOD SIMPLE

    1 season

    Observations on Film Art No. 41

    With their razor-sharp debut BLOOD SIMPLE, Joel and Ethan Coen introduced the world to their striking sensibility and redefined film noir for a new generation. In this edition of Observations on Film Art, Professor David Bordwell explores how the brothers employ a...

  • Sound and Music and the Coens

    Composer Carter Burwell and sound editor Skip Lievsay began working with the Coen brothers on BLOOD SIMPLE, and they’ve all continued to collaborate ever since. In this program from May 2016, they reflect on their early work together and discuss the Coens’ approach to music and sound design.

  • A Christmas Tale

    Directed by Arnaud Desplechin • 2008 • France

    In Arnaud Desplechin's beguiling A CHRISTMAS TALE (Un conte de Noël), Catherine Deneuve brings her legendary poise to the role of Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who come together at Christmas after she learns she needs a bone marro...

  • Janus Films at the Castro Theatre

    In 2016, to mark Janus Films’ sixtieth anniversary, filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, DP Barry Sonnenfeld, and Peter Becker and Jonathan Turell of Janus and the Criterion Collection sat down with critic Scott Foundas at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre to discuss the history of the two companies and ...

  • A Christmas Tale

    4 videos

    Directed by Arnaud Desplechin • 2008 • France
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean-Paul Roussillon, Mathieu Amalric

    In Arnaud Desplechin’s beguiling A CHRISTMAS TALE (UN CONTE DE NOËL), Catherine Deneuve brings her legendary poise to the role of Junon, matriarch of the troubled Vuillard family, who ...

  • Water Worlds

    1 season

    Let your imagination swim in the waters of two aqueous odysseys set in magical floating worlds. Inspired by the true story of the 1950 Red River flood that devastated much of Winnipeg, Canada, and its surroundings, Matthew Rankin’s short TABULA RASA envisions a town’s surreal resurrection through...