Joel David Coen (born November 29, 1954) and Ethan Jesse Coen (born September 21, 1957) known together professionally as the Coen brothers, are American filmmakers. Their films include Blood Simple, Fargo, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit.
[Joel Cohen on determining the success of a movie] I can almost set my watch by how I'm going to feel at different stages of the process. It's always identical, whether the movie ends up working or not. I think when you watch the film that you shoot every day, you're very excited by it and very optimistic about how it's going to work. And when you see it the first time you put the film together, the roughest cut, is when you want to go home and open up your veins and get in a warm tub and just go away. And then it gradually, maybe, works its way back, somewhere toward that spot you were at before
Almost all the Coens’ comedies are set against the backdrop of an American crisis.
The Coen brothers, from the start less naïve than Sully, know that pious “message” films are box-office poison and that laughs put asses in the seats, so they’ve filmed his bleak epic as a series of antic adventures and escapes with a cast of cartoonish characters .
The Coen brothers operate under the alias Roderick Jaynes sometimes, because they "got sick of seeing their own names".
While on a visit to Israel to collect a million-dollar award from Tel Aviv University, American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen said that they did not believe that boycotting Israel would solve political problems.
The Coen Brothers were nominated for twelve Academy Awards in the last year alone  for their most movie 'True Grit'. The film follows a decade of successes that include 'No Country for Old Men', 'A Serious Man', and 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?'
The Coen Brothers are regarded as one of the most inventive and unique talents in independent film-making. Joel directs, Ethan produces, and together they have created films that rework the standard genres
Typical Coen trademarks include a complex plot, bizarre situations, and nasty criminals. And don't forget a bungled crime! The dialogue is sharp and witty, the cinematography astounding
The children of university professors, the brothers showed an early interest in filmmaking, shooting home movies of their friends with a Super-8 camera. Joel refined his craft at the New York University Film School and after graduation found work as an assistant editor on low-budget horror films. Ethan, meanwhile, studied philosophy at Princeton University. After graduation he joined his brother in New York City, and together they began writing scripts for independent producers
The brothers garnered much attention in 1984 with Blood Simple, a sleek thriller that they cowrote and financed through private investors. The critical success of the film enabled the brothers to make a deal with an independent production company that granted them complete creative control