The Texas Ballet is the long, dialog free sequence that celebrates cornerstone elements of Texas misery that are hot, sweaty, dusty, and likely end in a key character being buried alive, though not always.
Origin: The Coen Brothers are expert at making use of location as a key player in their films. The silent sequence in Blood Simple is a great example, a dance of landscape driven visuals leading up to Dan Hedaya being buried alive.
Usage: “I live for subtlety — if a character’s going to die, I need a Texas Ballet to build up to it.”
First Used: Blood Simple
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