The Coen Brothers and Unconventional Genre Filmmaking

Series: Movie Madness University

Joel and Ethan Coen are two of America's most prolific, generation-defining filmmakers. While their films examine love, guilt, and the darker parts of the human psyche, they often do so by subverting or playing with classic genre, from hard boiled neo-noir to Westerns to gangster films. In this class, we'll examine their career through the lens of four movies that approach genre narratives in unconventional and surprising ways. Along the way, we'll consider how these genre remixes create films of striking originality.

(For a list of specific titles that will be featured in the course, please email with “class titles” in the subject line.)

Movies will be screened at the Movie Madness Miniplex, followed by an instructor-led discussion. Classes will begin on June 1 and be held Wednesdays through June at 7:00pm. (No class on June 15.) Proof of vaccination is required for all students and instructors.

Tuition is $75 for the four-week class, $60 for Hollywood Theatre/Movie Madness members. Class size will be limited to 18.

This class will be taught by Dylan Reiff, a writer/performer who co-founded Kickstand Comedy and has worked with the Sundance Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, the Stanley Film Festival, and Overlook Film Festival.