Monday, September 21, 2015

TODAY'S NUGGET: O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000) - Both Talking/Not Talking About One's Feelings

[Quick Summary: Three escaped convicts have four days to reach their buried treasure.]

I have two thoughts on this script:

1 - It has several great moments, but...well, the story eluded me.

Critic Roger Ebert put it more eloquently:
I left the movie uncertain and unsatisfied....I had the sense of invention set adrift; of a series of bright ideas wondering why they had all been invited to the same film.
2 - However, I did think this line of dialogue captures the complexity of the Southern language:

"The men head for the station, with Junior lagging.

PAPPY: Shake a leg, Junior! Thank God your mama died givin' birth - if she'd a seen ya she'd a died of shame..."

Note that:
- The words are colorful.
- AND they are funny.
- AND on the surface, they seem to project feelings on to a 3rd person (mama).
- BUT they are really about the speaker's feelings (Pappy).

WHAT I'VE LEARNED:  I find that Southern language is complex and sometimes contradictory because it's more INDIRECT.

ex. Pappy doesn't talk about his own feelings, while talking about his feelings.

O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000)by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

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