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Written by Chalupa   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 10:41

I always love seeing what exactly when on behind the scenes with movies I enjoy. Back in 2004 when Garden State was coming out, I loved going to Zach Braff's site every day to watch the video blogs and extra content that was being posted. I found a site that does just that and they have some video on the set of A Serious Man. Check it out here - http://makingof.com/filming_now/media/a-serious-man/the-coen-brothers-directing/87/449, or watch the clip below.

Like just about every other Coen film I can think of, even though their stories and plots are made up, they always contain some elements of real life people, places, and events.  Just like Ron Kube mentioned as a lawyer in The Big Lebowski, the criminal lawyer, Ron Meshbesher, mentioned in A Serious Man is actually a real lawyer in the Twin Cities.  Here's an article about him.
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/07/meshbesher/

The last article I found is written by the son of a man the Coens asked for help with the Yiddish in their script.  Besides being sprinkled throughout the film, "What's a get?," there is also an opening scene completely in Yiddish with English subtitles.  Even though the Coen Brothers went through Hebrew school, they wanted to make sure they were doing it correctly.  So they contacted the local Yiddish expert back in St. Louis Park, MN for some help.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/08/AR2009100804786.html?sid=ST2009100803933

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