With their masterfully low-key crime epic, No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers are in a great position to win big at tonight’s Oscars. For the purest demonstration of their storytelling skill, however, look no further than their audacious 1984 debut.
Blood Simple is a twisted morality tale of adultery, revenge and greed, where nothing is what it seems, no-one can be trusted, the dead walk and the living are buried alive.
Marty runs a tatty saloon in an unnamed, indistinguishable Texas town. He suspects his wife Abby is having an affair, so he hires a seedy private eye to discover the truth. However, the truth is not so easily found, and betrayal, panic and murder ensue.
The breathless conclusion is nothing short of pure cinematic poetry.