But before they were picking up award after award for giving Javier Bardem the ugliest hairdo in cinema history, the Coens showed us that a whole lot could happen in the middle of nowhere (if “nowhere” happened to be close to Fargo, North Dakota) and gave a then-neophyte Tara Reid the most memorable—and unprintable—line of her career in The Big Lebowski.
The AFI Silver Theatre is celebrating the Coen Brothers’ contributions to cinema over 20-plus years with a monthlong retrospective. The event kicks off February 8 with Raising Arizona and ends with The Big Lebowski on March 6. All of the brothers’ hits—and few misses—will be shown, including their noir debut, Blood Simple; the Odyssey-inspired O Brother, Where Art Thou?; and duds The Ladykillers and Intolerable Cruelty.
Tickets ($8.50) can be purchased online or at the theater. Fore more information, click here or call 301-495-6720.