The Coen brothers' The Man Who Wasn't There, a black-and-white absurdist noir set in Santa Rosa, California, in 1949, makes its Geneva debut at the Smith Opera House this weekend. Showtimes for The Man Who Wasn't There are at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 8 and 9, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 10. The film is 116 minutes long and is rated R for a scene of violence. Ticket prices are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Call 315-781-LIVE or toll-free 1-866-355-LIVE for more information.
Ed Crane (the outstanding Billy Bob Thornton) is a slow-moving, barely talking barber who doesn't seem to want much out of life. He has virtually no relationship with his wife, Doris (Frances McDormand), who has more fun with her boss, Big Dave (James Gandolfini). But when a strange character (Jon Polito) lets it be known that he's looking for a silent partner to finance his dream business (something he calls dry cleaning), Ed sees a possible way out of his doldrums. Just like any good James M. Cain novel (which the Coens cited as a major influence on the story), blackmail, deceit, violence, murder, and double crossing ensue, all with the magic Coen twists and turns.