Date of Completion

Spring 5-6-2012

Thesis Advisor(s)

Cathy Schlund-Vials

Honors Major



Film and Media Studies


By analyzing the artistic and technical components of film (e.g. cinematography, writing, acting, etc.), similarities and differences between three crime films by the American directors, Joel and Ethan Coen, are assessed. The films that are analyzed are Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit. The purpose of this endeavor is to investigate in great detail three critically acclaimed works by some of the most influential filmmakers in America today, and to advocate for a more widespread scholarly appreciation of these directors.