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HAIL, CAESAR!

Director: ETHAN COEN, JOEL COEN

106 minutes, USA-UK, 2016, Digital


This film was released 4th March 2016, and is no longer screening.

Following a brace of films which saw the Coen Brothers adopt a more sombre perspective on life’s shortcomings, Hail, Caesar! sees them return to the brasher comedy of O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000) and Burn After Reading (2008). Something of a companion piece to Barton Fink (1991), the film is set in 1950s Hollywood, where Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin) works to keep the misdeeds of Capitol Pictures and its stars out of the gossip columns. Among these are the out-of-wedlock pregnancy of an upcoming star (Scarlett Johansson) and the woeful miscasting of a Western star in an elegant parlour drama with a prestigious director (Ralph Fiennes).

When the studio’s top star (George Clooney) is kidnapped by Communists from the set of the year’s biggest production, Mannix must discreetly track him down in this screwball love-letter to Hollywood’s Golden Age. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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