The Hudsucker Proxy

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Welcome to New York in the 50s, as seen through the eyes of the Coen Brothers. Tim Robbins must navigate a landscape filled with towering skyscrapers, eccentric men in suits, and cigar smoke so sharp it almost cuts through the movie screen.

The Hudsucker Proxy transports us to the late 1950s New York City, following the naive and inexperienced Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins), who lands a job at the mighty Hudsucker Industries after the sudden death of the company's leader. Norville sees an opportunity to introduce a seemingly senseless invention that will have significant ramifications for both his career and personal life.

Infused with the creativity and visual inventiveness of the Coen brothers, the film has unfortunately become a somewhat "forgotten" gem in their filmography, despite possessing all the characteristic traits that define their more well-known works. Inspired by old Hollywood films, with meticulously crafted costumes and sets reflecting the 1950s style, The Hudsucker Proxy captures the aesthetics of the era. Playful visual tricks and cinematography, along with quick-witted dialogue, make the otherwise muted film appear vibrant and lively.

The Hudsucker Proxy holds a distinctive place in the Coen Brothers' filmography. It marked a departure from the darker and more cynical tone of some of their earlier works and is often categorized as one of their more whimsical and visually stylized films.


Joel Coen (b. 1954) and Ethan Coen (b. 1957) are American directors and screenwriters from Minnesota. They made their debut Blood Simple in 1984 and have since made a number of critically acclaimed movies. They won the Best Picture Oscar in 2008 with No Country for Old Men. Both graduated from Simon's Rock Early College in Great Barrington, MA.


2018 The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
2007 No Country for Old Men
2000 O Brother, Where Art Thou?
1996 Fargo
1990 Miller's Crossing
1984 Blood Simple

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