Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Art-For-Art’s-Sake Theatre: Man of Constant Sorrow

Time once again for our usual midday Wednesday feature.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a 2000 satire, loosely based on Homer's Odyssey, and set in rural Mississippi in the 1930s. It was directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, and starred George Clooney, John Goodman, and Holly Hunter, among others. The soundtrack won a Grammy for Best Album the following year, and was followed by a brief resurgence of interest in old-time country music. Not to be confused with the Nashville sound of the postwar years and beyond, what was then known as "hillbilly music" was possible through the growing popularity of radio in the 1930s and 1940s.

The recording itself, lip-synched by the character of Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney), was actually sung by Dan Tyminski, a bluegrass guitarist, singer, and songwriter of Alison Krauss and Union Station.


Dad29 said...


Petatonic, semi-modal.


Andrew said...

I think they really sang that song, I've heard the original...that is Clooney.

David L Alexander said...

Andrew: No, it is not.

Gail F said...

The other guy -- oo, what's his name! -- really did sing "Ramblin Bob." But Cloony lip-synched. It is one of my favorite movies of all time. Like all the Coen Brothers movies, it is layered and has a spiritual message. They are like Flannery O'Connor reincarnated as two people. The whole Odyssey storyline is a feint -- just like "The Ladykillers," which makes a completely different point than the original, even though it keeps most of the story. Did I mention I love the Coen Brothers?