05
Aug
10

Best Score – In Constant Sorrow

Purpose of Best Score.

“Pappy, they’s integrated!”

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)

Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, Holly Hunter, Chris Thomas King, Charles Durning, Del Pentecost, Michael Badalucco, J.R. Horne, Brian Reddy, Wayne Duvall, Ed Gale, Ray McKinnon, Daniel von Bargen, Frank Collison, Quinn Gasaway, Lee Weaver, Millford Fortenberry, Stephen Root, Mia Tate, Musetta Vander, Christy Taylor

Screenplay by: Joel and Ethan Cohen, based on the epic by Homer

Directed by: Joel Cohen

Music: “Man of Constant Sorrow” by the Soggy Bottom Boys

This film flew largely under the radar when it came out, but the Cohens, always masters of using pre-existing music, wove Southern music into their retelling of the Odyssey as it might have happened in depression era Mississippi. The centerpiece is undoubtedly, in both the soundtrack and actual connection to the plot, “Man of Constant Sorrow”, the song that provided Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney) and his compatriots a fortune they did not seek in welcome serendipity.  A sort of bluegrass/blues song, it exemplified the hard-luck ways of Ulysses and his adventurers and added irony by being their ultimate redemption:

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