A unique approach to comedy that involves planting phrases in the mind of the audience and having different characters repeat or paraphrase them later (e.g., The Dude stating that “this aggression will not stand…man” after he heard George Bush use a version of that phrase on a news clip in The Big Lebowski).
They encourage the quick delivery of dialogue to generate tension.
Have a tendency to set their movies in the recent past.
They like to interrelate characters and subplot.
Female characters who meet their demise in their films, do so off-screen.
Frequently open their movies to a vista shot of the geographical setting with an accompanying voice-over.
Frequent employer of narrators.
Narrators are usually secondary or otherwise insignificant characters.
A proclivity to reference older often forgotten films (e.g., the plot to Miller’s Crossing is based directly on The Glass Key ).
A Kubrickian approach to sound use, where natural or mechanical are modulated and repeated.
Hotels feature significantly in many of their movies.
Often have a character in their films who acts as an avatar for their hero’s fear or conception of evil.
Although, Joel was credited as “director” and Ethan was credited as “producer” in their earlier films, they always shared both responsibilities equally.