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The Coen Brothers' Fargo

The Coen Brothers' Fargo


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William Luhr, Coen David Sterritt, Pamela Grace, Christopher Sharrett, Mikita Brottman, Michael Ciment, Hubert Niogret, Chris Probst, Thomas Doherty, Harvey R. Greenberg
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  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521005012

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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.

    • Provides detailed account of the film's production and reception
    • Includes contemporary interviews and filmography
    • Analysis of film from a variety of methodological issues
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521005012
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.25kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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

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    William G. Luhr, Saint Peter's College, New Jersey


    William Luhr, Coen David Sterritt, Pamela Grace, Christopher Sharrett, Mikita Brottman, Michael Ciment, Hubert Niogret, Chris Probst, Thomas Doherty, Harvey R. Greenberg

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