The latest Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis, has just premiered at Cannes, which offers a good opportunity to take a look back at one of their more interesting interviews.

In the summer of 2011, the Film Society of the Lincoln Center invited the Coen Brothers to discuss their entire career over the course of an hour – with a bit of a twist. Joel and Ethan had just released True Grit in December of 2010 when they were asked to sit down with filmmaker Noah Baumbach. The conversation surrounds the question of ‘How do you begin a movie?’ The subject was the idea of the Coens, who brought five openings to their films to share alongside three of Baumbach’s. The conversation begins with the interesting comparison of Blood Simple and No Country for Old Men before Ethan describes the beginning of Baumbach’s Margot at the Wedding as ‘diametrically opposed’ to the Coen’s opening style – and that’s just the beginning of the analysis…

The three go on to discuss The Big Lebowski alongside Greenberg, Burn After Reading as atypical for the Coens, and A Serious Man with The Squid and the Whale.