• Is it effective?
• Target audience? How do you know?
No Country for Old Men is a American crime thriller
film. Adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s novel; the film
tells the story of an ordinary man to whom chance
delivers a fortune that is not his.
The ensuing cat-and-mouse drama see three men
crisscross each other's paths in the desert landscape of
1980 West Texas. The film examines the themes of fate
and circumstance whilst adhering to the genre’s villain
Now…answering the following questions
about the opening scene.
• Setting - what does it suggest and how does it make the
• Sound – diagetic / non-diegetic. What effect is created with
the opening voice over from the Sheriff?
• Costumes – what does this tell us about the sequence of
events that will unfold.
• Characters – How crucial to the film is it that we see the villain
immediately? How does this differ from other thrillers?
Be sure to think about Mise-en Scene when
creating your own opening thriller scenes.
The best way to remember what we are talking
about when referring to mise-en-scene is using
the acronym C.L.A.M.P.S.
1. Chigurh is a hired hitman who has no remorse or
compassion for other human beings.
2. It seems that he gains a warped satisfaction or enjoyment
from killing or creating fear amongst others and this adds
to the film’s tensions. This is demonstrated with the
innocent shop owner when Anton pays for his gas and
asks the man to flip his lucky coin to decide his fate.
3. His main weapon of choice is a captive bolt pistol in which
he uses to either kill people or shoot out locked doors.
4. As an audience we know little about him due to his lack
of speech. What does this create?
Anton Chigurh - Profile
SPEECH - LANGUAGE AND TONE
MANERISMS / ACTIONS
WHAT DOES HIS COSTUME SUGGEST
EMOTIONS, COMPASSION & RESPONSES
Using the information we have
discussed, now lets update our blogs.