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Cinema Egzotik: American Crime Auteurs

There are crime films and crime films. Directors galore who can deliver slick, hard-boiled excitement and action, but authors able to mould the genre are a rarer breed. Egzotik introduces two big shots, Paul Thomas Anderson and the Coen brothers, who shine a new light on American gangsterhood. 

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Director Martin Koolhoven explains: “Chances are that when you ask your average movie buff to name the greatest American film authors of the past thirty years, they”ll come up with the Coen Bros and PT Anderson. High time to watch two genuine Egzotik films by these guys. Gangsters, gamblers, intrigue and deceit, American style. Gotta love it.”

Miller's Crossing (Joel Coen, US, 1990, 115”) The Coen Brothers” third feature film is a tribute to the film noir, full of visual flair and absurdist plot developments. Gangster Leo is supposed to get rid of a small-time crook, business as usual, it would seem. But the target turns out to be the brother of the woman Leo”s in love with; and his sweetheart”s involved with Leo”s sidekick and right-hand man… it sparks off a gang war in the city. With Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden and John Turturro.

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Hard Eight (Paul Thomas Anderson, US, 1996, 102”) Hard gambler John is down at heel when he”s approached by smart-dressed, sophisticated Sydney, who offers to take John to the casinos of Reno. Does Sydney have a hidden agenda? The feature film debut of Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia, There Will Be Blood) bears all the hallmarks of his elaborate directing style. With Philip Baker Hall and John C. Reilly in the lead roles and Gwyneth Paltrow as a sad waitress.

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