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Trailers from Hell: John Badham on Coens’ Grim Masterpiece ‘No Country for Old Men’

Trailers from Hell: John Badham on Coens' Grim Masterpiece 'No Country for Old Men'

"Coen Brothers Week!" concludes at Trailers from Hell with director John Badham introducing the brothers' 2007 Oscar winner and near-perfect, bleak-as-hell noir Western "No Country for Old Men."

Javier Bardem enters the pantheon of formidable movie monsters as the implacable killing machine on the prowl for his $2 million. Not since Robert Mitchum in Night of the Hunter has an actor made evil so unsettling. Widely acclaimed as one of the most accomplished films of its era; nonetheless, some audiences found it impenetrable. The Coen Bros. take liberties with Cormac McCarthy's novel, particularly at the end, but their Oscar-winner found broad acceptance despite its pervasive air of bleak tragedy.

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