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3.8
4,487 Ratings

The Man Who Wasn't There

Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
United States, United Kingdom, 2001
Crime, Drama

Synopsis

In 1940s California, barber Ed Crane blackmails his wife’s boss and lover, hoping to get money to invest in a new business. When the boss uncovers the truth, he attempts to kill Crane, setting off a string of unforeseeable and tragic events.

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The Man Who Wasn't There Directed by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
It’s another of the Coens’ grimly self-aware films about a man repeatedly beaten down by what appears to be a universe with a very twisted sense of humor. It could all get very depressing very quickly, but the expressive filmmaking — the stirring music, the gorgeous black-and-white cinematography, the generous characterizations, and the gentle bursts of humor — renders it sublime.
February 05, 2016
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James Gandolfini doesn’t even make it past the 30-minute mark in The Man Who Wasn’t There, yet in every respect, he looms large over Joel and Ethan Coen’s unsung masterpiece. A black-and-white homage to film noir that revels in its self-conscious adoration of the genre, the Coens’ film is a methodical, meticulous tribute.
June 27, 2013
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Unlike most of the films in the Coens’ oeuvre, The Man Who Wasn’t There is neither screwball nor relentlessly grim. It is instead their most subtly engrossing film, advanced as it is by a deepening sense of the lost soul that Ed so fundamentally is.
November 16, 2010
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