AFI Silver Celebrates the Coen Brothers With a Festival of Their Films

In anticipation of Oscar night, the AFI looks back at the career highs (and lows) of the directing duo.

By: Alejandro Salinas

Joel and Ethan Coen’s win for No Country for Old Men at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday has all but put the little bald statuette in the bag for the brothers. With critical buzz and a healthy box-office performance, the film is this year’s Oscar frontrunner.

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.