Why Sam Raimi’s Editing Scene In ‘The Hudsucker Proxy’ Reigns

Sam Raimi’s montages revolve around most directors.

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By Meg Shields Published on July 15, 2022

Welcome to The Queue – your daily diversion of curated video content sourced from the web. Today we take a look at a video essay that unpacks the hula hoop montage in the Coen Brothers movie “The Hudsucker Proxy,” for which Sami Raimi was responsible as second director.


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness may have come and gone, but Raimi fever still grips the nation! To look, we Don’t forget we have a high-rise building Evil Dead movie is coming out of the pipe, and neither are you! Plenty of people have marathoned Raimi’s work in anticipation of his recent Marvel joint. But how many people thought they were shooting the 1994 film? The Hudsucker proxy among their watchlists?

Yes, of course, the movie about a naive business graduate (Tim Robbins) who became the head of a production company after inventing the hula hoop was “directed” by the “Coen Brothers.” But did you know that Raimi co-wrote the script? And that, more to the point, he served as the second unit director?

Well, even if you not done know about Raimi’s involvement, one scene in particular – a montage in which we see the production and slow success of the hula hoop, to be precise – the Evil Dead director’s fingerprints everywhere.

In the following video essay, we get a brief overview of how Raimi and the Coen Brothers came to a creative partnership, and how the six-minute edit is a great way to understand their differences as filmmakers. With exceptions you can count on one hand, the Coens aren’t exactly “montage” directors. Meanwhile, as the video essay enthusiastically states, Loves use assemblies. And unlike the Coens, Raimi not only uses montage to condense time or mood, but also emotions and themes. In Raimi’s hands, editing provides abstraction, physicality and spicy visual jokes. And there’s no better example of that than the hula hoop montage of The Hudsucker proxy, who manages in less than ten minutes to summarize not only the idea behind the film, but also the motivations of the filmmakers who enjoy blank checks.

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Who made this?

Based in New York Patrick (H) Willems made this video essay on why the hula hoop montage in The Hudsucker proxy illustrates what makes Sam Raimi such an exciting filmmaker. Willems has been creating content on YouTube for almost a decade. You can find their own directing efforts and their video essays here on their channel. Willems can also be found on Twitter here.

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Meg Shields is the humble farm boy of your dreams and a senior staff member at Film School Rejects. She currently runs three columns at FSR: The Queue, How’d They Do That? and Horrorscope. She is also a curator for One Perfect Shot and a freelance writer. Meg has been raving about John Boorman’s ‘Excalibur’ on Twitter can be found here: @TheWorstNun. (she her).