In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.
Hail Caesar! Follows a day in the life of Eddie Mannix, a Hollywood fixer for Capitol Pictures in the 1950s, who cleans up and solves problems for big names and stars in the industry. But when studio star Baird Whitlock disappears, Mannix has to deal with more than just the fix. Written by
Forms the conclusion of the Coen Brothers' unofficial Idiots series, which includes "O Brother, Where Art Thou?", "Intolerable Cruelty," and "Burn After Reading." See more »
When Eddie's secretary tells Eddie that he has a call on line 2, Eddie picks up the telephone handset but does not press the line 2 button. The last call Eddie had on that telephone was on line 1, so he still would have been using line 1 on that line 2 call. See more »
Written by Nikolai Kedrov Sr. (as N. Kedrov-Elder)
Performed by Ascension Church Choir (Maloe), Moscow, Fyodor Stroganov (as F. Stroganov) & Svetlana Serafimovich (as S. Serafimovich)
Courtesy of Classical Records, Moscow See more »
From the previews of this film, I had a high level of anticipation for the Coen Brothers' latest venture, expecting it to be an hilarious and satiric romp through the halls of 50's Hollywood. The Coens are excellent technicians so the riffs on MGM, 50's Hollywood Stars, and the general machinations of the studio system were very well done. But I'm afraid the film's achievements were pretty much relegated to this dimension and overall the film remained in the category which I term "All Style and No Substance," clever but ultimately delivering a thin story. Along the way there are some wonderful bits, especially Channing Tatum singing and tap dancing in a suggestively gay sailor dance routine, Tilda Swinton playing twin columnists, Alden Ehrenreich doing some hilarious cowboy stunts on a horse and with a lasso, and Ralph Fiennes directing in a sort of prissy manner. However, none of the plot lines ever yielded anything substantive. I found it difficult to figure out just what the Coen Brothers were attempting with this film.
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