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The Coen brothers' Fargo
Luhr, William.
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Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, [2004]

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xiv, 162 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
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Central Library PN1997.F3456 C64 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Fargo is the most commercially and critically successful film of Ethan and Joel Coen. Immediately recognized as an important work, it was nominated for five Academy Awards and received two, an exceptional achievement for a low budget, independently produced film without major stars. Fargo is also a film that explores middle-American themes and settings from an original and unsettling perspective, challenging traditional genre structures. This volume explores Fargo from a variety of methodological perspectives. Providing a detailed account of the film's production, reception and place within the career of the Coen brothers, it explores issues and themes that are important to current film discourse, including genre, gender and sexuality, race, history, culture and myth.

Table of Contents

1 IntroductionWilliam Luhr
2 'A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere': Fargo and the films ofJoel Ethan Coen and David Sterritt
3 Motherhood, homicide, and Swedish meatballs: the quiet triumph of the maternal inFargo Pamela Grace
4 Fargo, or whiteout of the American frontierChristopher Sharrett
5 'Kinda' funny lookin': Steve Buscemi's disorderly bodyMikita Brottman
6 Fargo: 'Far removed from the stereotypes of ...'William Luhr
7 Interview with the Coen brothersMichael Ciment and Hubert Niogret
8 Cold-blooded scheming (on Roger Deakins, Fargo's cinematographer)Chris Probst
9 Cinesonic Interview withCarter Burwell (Fargo's composer)
10 Cineaste review of FargoThomas Doherty
11 Prairie home death trapHarvey R. Greenberg
12 Filmography ofJoel Ethan Coen

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