World Cinema: Joel and Ethan Coen’s Playful Homage to Cinema History

Cha­cun son ciné­ma (To Each His Own Cin­e­ma) is a 2007 French anthol­o­gy film that brings togeth­er short films by 36 acclaimed direc­tors. Lars von Tri­er, Jane Cam­pi­on, Gus Van Sant, and Abbas Kiarosta­mi all con­tributed to the project. Meant to com­mem­o­rate the 60th anniver­sary of the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, the film orig­i­nal­ly aired on Canal+ in France. And, for rea­sons that remain unknown to us, that broad­cast did­n’t include the short film con­tributed by Joel and Ethan Coen, World Cin­e­ma. Nor did it appear on a lat­er DVD release. If you wait long enough, these kinds of films even­tu­al­ly sur­face on YouTube. And, as luck would have it, you can watch World Cin­e­ma above. Fans of the Coen Broth­ers will imme­di­ate­ly rec­og­nize Josh Brolin, who played a very sim­i­lar char­ac­ter in their Acad­e­my Award-win­ning film, No Coun­try for Old Men. Grant Heslov and Brooke Smith also make appear­ances. H/T Bib­liok­lept

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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  • Alan says:

    This was prob­a­bly nev­er offi­cial­ly released because of guild resid­u­als issues, espe­cial­ly since Brolin was prob­a­bly in the mid­dle of a con­tract film­ing No Coun­try for Old Men. I can pic­ture this exchange tak­ing place the day before the movie is set, thanks for shar­ing this.

  • RGC says:

    Joel and Etan Coen are my favorite, they should remake “Grapes of Wrath.”

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