Joel then spent four years in the undergraduate film program at New York University, where he made a 30-minute thesis film called Soundings.Ethan went on to Princeton University and earned an undergraduate degree in philosophy in 1979. They have two children: daughter Dusty and son Buster Jacob, who goes to Vassar College.Upon release the film received much praise and won awards for Joel's direction at both the Sundance and Independent Spirit awards.
Ethan is also a writer of short stories, theater and poetry.
The brothers' films No Country for Old Men, A Serious Man and Inside Llewyn Davis have been ranked in the BBC's 2016 poll of the greatest motion pictures since 2000.
The film contains elements that point to their future direction: distinctive homages to genre movies (in this case noir and horror), plot twists layered over a simple story, dark humor, and mise en scene.
The film starred Frances Mc Dormand, who would go on to feature in many of the Coen brothers' films (and marry Joel).
The Hudsucker Proxy (co-written with Raimi) was released in 1994.
In it, the board of a large corporation in 1958 New York City appoints a naive schmo as president (Tim Robbins) for underhanded reasons.
The Coens wrote and directed the crime thriller Fargo (1996), set in their home state of Minnesota. Macy), who has serious financial problems, has his wife kidnapped so that his wealthy father-in-law will pay the ransom.
His plan goes wrong when the kidnappers deviate from the plan and local cop Marge Gunderson (Mc Dormand) starts to investigate.
Barton Fink was a critical success, earning Oscar nominations and winning three major awards at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, including the Palme d'Or.
It was their first film with cinematographer Roger Deakins, a key collaborator for the next 25 years.
When they were children, Joel saved money from mowing lawns to buy a Vivitar Super 8 camera.