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thumbnail The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018 USA)

Black comedy, Event, Genre, Western , trackback

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring:  Tim Blake Nelson, Willie Watson, Clancy Brown
Genre: Black comedy, western
Duration: 132 mins

Joel and Ethan Coen initially conceived the film as a six-part television series before consolidating the six stories into a feature that premiered at the Venice Film Festival. They have given us a hilarious, beautifully made, very enjoyable and rather disturbing anthology of stories from the old west. Saddle up for a rowdy, hilarity and hellfire western full of riding, fighting, hanging, shooting, gold prospecting and bloody massacres with philosophical musings about the inevitability of dying. Each tale is prefigured with the sight of an old book, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. A hand turns the pages and we see these stories in print, themselves prefaced by an illustrated plate previewing a dramatic incident from what’s to come.

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