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Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (uncredited)
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Frances McDormand, Michael Badalucco
Genres: Crime | Drama
Release Date: 16 November 2001 (USA)
Ed Crane (Billy Bob Thornton) is the laconic, chain-smoking, barber with a blank stare who mans the second chair at his brother-in-law’s hairdressing business in Santa Rosa, California in 1949. The Man Who Wasn’t There is a great film, beautifully shot with every frame being meticulously crafted and iconic. Ed the Barber utters few words throughout the entire film yet he steals every scene with his 50s style film star stares and constant smoking. Visually, while the technique of shooting in color and printing it in Black & White does look great, Joel Coen’s overall direction is really boring. There are stock characters who are disturbingly repulsive. There are seemingly pointless scenes and dialog. With the creepy foray into the Roswell incident, the Coen brothers have made yet another film that serves the interests of the CIA.