As I was writing a paper on the Coen Brothers’ ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ the other day, I noticed how many parallel scenes it had. The thread Films with repeated scenes seems related, but that seemed to be more for scenes that were duplicates, rather than just referential.
For example, in The Hudsucker Proxy, I counted several scenes that seemed to have been made parallel. Most obvious is Hudsucker and Norville’s plummet from the building. Then there’s Hudsucker’s running down the table to jump out the window which matches the board member who does it later on in the movie. There are two scenes in which the board has a rapid-fire conversation. The scene near the end where Norville is running through the streets, and the scene where the hoop is rolling through the streets. The presentation of the hoop to the board, and the presentation at the end of the movie. The opening narration while flying through the city and into the building, and the closing narration while pulling away from the building. And there were several others as well.
Having only seen one other Coen Brothers movie, is this a trademark of theirs? Are there other movies which do this to the same degree, or is this exceptional (I chose to focus on different aspects in my paper, partly because I wasn’t sure if this was out of the ordinary or not)? Am I simply reading too much into it?