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Paul Jensen

THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE (2001) 4 stars

One of the Coens most underrated films. A perfect homage to the Film Noir. From the visuals, to the score, to the impeccable cast, this film is perfect. Completely understated and utterly hilarious. Billy Bob Thornton is frighteningly watchable. Seeing this film again, makes me realize that there isn't a wasted moment in the entire movie. In fact, that's one of the greatest trademarks of the Coens' greatest films: EVERY scene is dynamite. Just when one great little sequence ends, yet another gem appears. How do they do it? Pure genius.

 

Genre: Film Noir
Director: Joel Coen