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"Twórczość Braci Coen. O życiu i śmierci w świecie pozbawionym sensu" - wykład Ido Lewita

18:00 h
11 Sep

ido-miniThe concept of a meaningless universe can be traced from the Coen Brothers' 1984 film debut, Blood Simple up to the more recent, A Serious Man and through films such as Fargo, The Big Lebowski, The Man Who Wasn't There, No Country for Old Men, and others.

By recalling examples from various Coen Brothers' films, we will investigate the expression of this concept as a basic feature of their cinematic world. Later, we will bring up the question of whether a meaningless universe necessarily implies a meaningless human existence?

In answering this question I will examine two films which represent in my opinion, two options in "dealing" with a meaningless universe. These options represent two different perspectives of human-nature and human existence: The nihilist-optimist view of The Big Lebowski and the Kafkaesque-pessimist view of A Serious Man.

Short Bio

Ido Lewit teaches film therory in the Film & Television department of Tel-Aviv University. His research deals with the expressions of "the absurd" in the films of the Coen Brothers and in their relation to the literary work of Franz Kafka.