Wednesday, April 14, 2010

No Soup for You

Nothing to do with Seinfeld...I just watched the DVD of the Coen Brothers' "A Serious Man". The main story has a prologue in which a man is apparently rescued from freezing to death by a rabbi (played by Fyvush Finkel) who helps him right his cart which has tipped over in the snow. When he tells his wife that he has invited him to come by for soup, she insists that the rabbi died three years ago and that what her husband met in the woods is a dybbuk - a demon who has taken the form of the rabbi. She is so certain that when the rabbi enters and sits at her husband's invitation, she stabs the poor old man through the heart. His smile does not change, but gradually he begins to bleed, and stumbles out into the snow as he says he does not feel welcome. The wife is so very certain that she has done the right thing, the husband not so much.

The film itself is my favorite of theirs, it combines their trademark black humor with tenderness.

And speaking of telling right from wrong, L'astronave has quite the offer available right now.

26 comments:

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

The film was definitely on my list of movies to check out next, and now this post has moved it to number one. Unfortunately, where I live movies are dubbed, not subtitled, so I will have to wait for it to come out on DVD here.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Yip, stabbing isn't the greatest of welcomes.

Brillo illo, there sparko.

femminismo said...

Wow! I missed this one. Sounds like a winner. I enjoy Russian literature and the Coen brothers in equal measure. Thanks for the tip and the extraordinary drawing!

Charles Gramlich said...

that's actually the only line I know from Seinfeld, since I never watched an episode of that show.

Shayna Prentice said...

The film sounds wonderful - I put it in my netflix queue. Your amazing illustration appears to be animated.

ger said...

I recognized him right away, before reading a word...!!

Ben the Spider said...

A gorgeous representation of one of my favorite movies from '09!

Clowncar said...

nice image, though I haven't seen the movie yet (like everyone else, it's on my netflix queue).

there's a great IB Singer story about a dybbuk. wish I could remember the name of it.

Titus said...

Great image, and I haven't seen the film either (nor did I recognise the line). At least I can rectify things on one count - thanks for the recommendation.

Manfred Allseasons said...

Well, now I have to see that film...who is the figure on the dybbuks back??

ArtSparker said...

Manfred- Oh, I need to add this in tags. That is the main character in the film, Larry Gopnik, played by Michael Stuhlabrg.

tony said...

A fine Film.She just wanted to make a point?

JJ Beazley said...

Continues to smile and 'says he does not feel welcome.' Definitely an English Rabbi! We say 'sorry' to people who bump into us. Odd. Lke the picture.

JJ Beazley said...

Oh, dear. That wasn't meant to say 'Odd, like the picture.' It was meant to say. 'Odd.' and 'I like the picture.' Must learn to write decent English.

ArtSparker said...

J.J. - We're all odd here, in any case.

Pure Fiction said...

I think I'll skip the film (not big on stabbing scenes) but this illustration is fantastic.

ArtSparker said...

PF- the stabbing is integral to the story, and not at all Peckinpahesque....

California Girl said...

I found the film disappointing. It began interestingly enough with the story of the rabbi and the stabbing but the ongoing bad luck and the hapless mensch at the center of it all wore me down.

ArtSparker said...

CG- he is essentially the same as a Dickens hero, a passive non-protagonist.

Celeste Bergin said...

what a beautiful illlustration--I am especially captivated by the snow..and the smile..and the black sky, and the coat, and the wee person--wait. I am captivated by the whole thing. Did I mention that I like the blood and the hat too?

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

Hi Susan, as always a great rappresentation

mouse (aka kimy) said...

i just watched a serious man this weekend. and thoroughly enjoyed it - it did trigger a desire to reread the book of job.

didn't you adore the recreation of midwest suburbia circa late 60s

and the clever use of some jefferson airplane classics!

dybbuks have captured my imagination since seeing a play (of that title) oh soooooo many years (20 years) ago at the hartford stage until then never had encountered the word, but of course the notion yes.

i adore the coen brothers movies although i can't say i have a favorite for each is perfection in tackling whatever era/issue/obsession the boys take on! i can't wait to see what they have in store for us next!

rosedale's 4head said...

oh my! this is a doozer~! there's definitely something to talk about here...

JJ Beazley said...

What's a doozer?

rosedale's 4head said...

oh sorry JJ...it's a Texan thang:

Main Entry: doo·zy
Variant(s): or doo·zie \ˈdü-zē\ also doo·zer \-zər\
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural doozies or doozers
Etymology: perhaps alteration of daisy
Date: 1916

: an extraordinary one of its kind

JJ Beazley said...

Comprehensive!. Thanks.