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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, Joel and Ethan Coen | Review

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Published on Nov 17, 2018

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The first to know that the Coen brothers have probably nothing more to say Joel and Ethan Coen themselves: the two have already signed their masterpieces, I have already shown, and we already loved, and genes in total which are perfectly know that it is useless to look around or turn around, that might as well be practical and go straight to the point; why is that they didn't have anything new to say does not mean that they didn't have anything to give, or if this suddenly became boring starli to listen to.

And then, as Orson Welles on Moby Dick had the idea to shoot a film and recovered as he read to his audience in the eponymous novel of Herman Melville, the authors of Fargo, Is Not A Country For Old men, Arizona Junior, and many others, have decided to draw breath, sit down on their favorite chair, take a book from their bookshelf ideas and to read six short stories signed by their drinking of the Wild West and of human nature.

And’ this is the idea behind de The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the pleasure of the story, the joy of the act of storytelling, the passion for the cinema and, above all, the contempt immeasurable for every aspect of humanity, ugly, greedy, idiot, almost always unfortunate and always worthy of derision.

Born as a tv series anthology for Netflix and then re-adapted according to the noble traditions of the episodes, the work is an exercise of style failed in every single aspect, with the western genre, which is always a real worm for the Coen – that is programmatically analyzed in its style and tropes of narrative, tickling the desires and needs of every cinephile promising one thing and then giving another totally opposite: from farce to drama, from epic adventure to musical, from romance to comedy black, from the grotesque to the triumph of the absurd ... the six episodes that make up the film, taken altogether, they become a long, fun shades for the theatre, which accompanies us for two hours and about ten inside of the heritage of western; one-to-one, however, form the pieces of a puzzle interlocked to the detailed composition and structure of the philosophy nihilistic and twisted of the authors, which does not consider neither good nor evil, and in which the destiny is always an old nasty son of a bitch.

The six short films (let's call them) are hints of a narrative based on archetypes and situations known in the world of the frontier (an infallible marksman, the journey of a caravan, a bank robber, indians, a gold-digger ...) but promptly go in directions that are always different, new, unexpected. And each of them, the Coen's do not provide a closed, and thus a moral end, with the last episode (lasting about half an hour) that it seems to all intents and purposes a reflection on an entire cinematic genre, and its destiny. That then is the fate of everyone, as these extraordinary authors, among the most important of the TWENTIETH century, we were often reminded.

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