— "A Serious Man" (2009): Not exactly the Coens' best-known movie (although it earned Oscar nominations for best picture and original screenplay) and not even the showiest example of what Deakins can do. That would probably be "The Big Lebowski." But the look of this film is so lovely and dreamlike, it draws you in. It's inspired by the brothers' youth in a predominantly Jewish suburb of Minneapolis in 1967, so it's very specific in terms of costumes, music and production design. But Deakins' often surreal cinematography adds to the off-kilter mood as we trudge along with the put-upon Michael Stuhlbarg. See it for the "goy's teeth" scene alone.
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