O Brother, Where Art Thou?
adventure, comedy, crime
Movie night: Friday, May 5th, 2017, 7:00 PM, at the Library
some wine pours at 6:30, sometimes even popcorn shows up
You never saw Homer’s Odyssey of 8th Century BC recounted this funny way. Now it is the 30’s in Mississipi the Great Depression.
IMDB: 7.8/10 Tomatometer: 77% Rotten Tomatoes Audience rate: 89%
with George Cloney, John Torturo and Tim Blake Nelson, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen
In the deep south during the 1930s, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. (IMDB)
In the Depression-era deep South, three escapees from a Mississippi prison chain gang: Everett Ulysses McGill, sweet and simple Delmar, and the perpetually angry Pete, embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they set out to pursue their freedom and return to their homes. With nothing to lose and still in shackles, they make a hasty run for their lives and end up on an incredible journey filled with challenging experiences and colorful characters. However, they must also match wits with the cunning and mysterious lawman Cooley, who tracks men, bent on bringing the trio back to the prison farm. (Rotten Tomatoes)
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O Brother, Where art thou?
This film is loosely based in the Homer’s poem Odyssey.
Did You Know?
Odysseus, the hero of Homer’s Odyssey, spends 20 years traveling home from the Trojan War. He has astonishing adventures and learns a great deal about himself and the world; he even descends to the underworld to talk to the dead. Thus, an odyssey is any long, complicated journey, often a quest for a goal, and may be a spiritual or psychological journey as well as an actual voyage.
Some parallels O Brother film and Homer’s Odyssey:
Blind railroad conductor prophesizes the future of the main characters. === Tiresias prophesizes the future of Odysseus and his crew in Land of the Dead.
Evert McGee: Cunning, quick-tongued, sharp, leader, wants to go home and see his family. === Odysseus: Cunning, quick-tongued, sharp, leader, wants to go home to see his family.
Characters disguised as KKK to free Tommy. ==== Odysseus and his crew hide under the sheep to escape from Polyphemus.
Big Dan T’s death by the flaming, wooden cross. ==== Polyphemus’ blindness caused by the flaming spear.
Evert’s constant concern for his hair. (Use of hair products and hair nets, his pride.) === Odysseus’ pride and tragic flaw.
Singing about their lives for money. ==== Odysseus telling King Alcinous about his tale for a ship ride home.
Pete and Delmar: Go along with everything Evert suggests, Pete ends up going to jail again and all three become outlaws because of it. ===== Odysseus’ crew: Go along with everything Odysseus suggests, end up dead because of it