Friday, November 30, 2012

The Ladykillers (2004)

2004 Black Comedy film

Director: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Writer: Ethan Coen & Joel Coen

Cinematography: Roger Deakins

Running time: 104 minutes

Country: United States

Tagline: The greatest criminal minds of all time have finally met their match.

Tom Hanks as G.H. Dorr, Ph. D
Irma P. Hall as Marva Munson
Tzi Ma as "The General”
J. K. Simmons as Garth Pancake
Marlon Wayans as Gawain MacSam
Ryan Hurst as Lump Hudson
Diane Delano as Mountain Girl
George Wallace as Sheriff Wyner
Stephen Root as Mr. Gudge

An eccentric, if not charming Southern professor and his crew pose as a band in order to rob a casino, all under the nose of his unsuspecting landlord: a sharp old woman.

  1. Black Reel-Best Actress, Musical or Comedy-Irma P. Hall-Black Reel Awards
  2. Jury Prize-Irma P. Hall- Cannes Film Festival
  3. Evening Standard British Film Award-Best Technical/Artistic Achievement
    Roger Deakins-Evening Standard British Film Awards
The portrait of Mrs. Marva Munson's dead husband Othar is stationed over the fireplace. Throughout the movie, Othar's visage in the portrait changes as the story unfolds. The portrait appears to have the same stoic expression at the approximate time stamps of 05:25, 33:20, and 01:07:22; however Othar's portrait is clearly disapproving when shown at the 01:14:35 mark. After Mrs. Munson's ultimatum to G.H. Dorr, Othar's portrait returns to its stoic visage at 01:15:15. At 01:27:58, when he fears for Mrs. Munson's safety, Othar's portrait's expression reflects his surprise. At 01:29:44, Othar's portrait appears satisfied and almost smiling. This was probably done in tribute to Preston Sturges' "Sullivan's Travels" in which the portrait of Mr. Kornheiser's expressions change. "Sullivan's Travels" was one of the inspirations for The Coens' "O, Brother Where Art Thou". 



5 star out of 5 stars

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