Texas Ballet

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 UsedBlood Simple