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With a penchant for rapid-fire dialogue, screwball cynicism and bouts of ultra-violence the Coen Brothers remain a creative powerhouse (excluding “The Ladykillers”) amidst the mediocrity of mainstream Hollywood. From their low budget classic, “Blood Simple”, to their recent deviation into silver screen remakes the duo’s exhaustive body of work is a resounding love letter to an antiquated era of filmmaking; they manage to pay homage without the kitschy formulism prevalent through most contemporary odes. Often criticized for favoring form over content, the Coen’s imbued each film with a mocking, often detached, complexity (i.e. an inside joke with substance) replete with a charming cast of intellectual lowlifes. This is best represented by their underappreciated revivalist classic, “Miller’s Crossing”, whose multi-layered plot and colloquial prowess revitalized the gangster genre for contemporary audiences.Released in 1990, “Miller’s Crossing” is a hyper-stylized spiritual adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s 1931 novel, “The Glass Key”. Taking place in an unnamed city the film features Gabriel Byrne as Tom Reagan: A stoic advisor to a crime boss whose fast talking acerbic jabs do more (bodily) harm than good. With its attention to detail, raucous cinematography and exploration of male relationships within an impassive subculture “Miller’s Crossing” is a cinematic work of art. Cinema41 and Tugg.com are proud to present this critically acclaimed box office failure to a wider audience.