The Coen Brothers' Fargo / Edition 1

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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 various 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.
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"...a useful introduction to the critical discourse penned in the years since the film's premier." Jarrod Waetjen, Gibbs College, American Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521005012
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Film Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Fargo in Context: The Middle of Nowhere? 10
3 Motherhood, Homicide, and Swedish Meatballs: The Quiet Triumph of the Maternal in Fargo 33
4 Fargo, or the Blank Frontier 55
5 "Kinda Funny Lookin'": Steve Buscemi's Disorderly Body 77
6 Fargo: "Far Removed from the Stereotypes of..." 92
7 Closer to the Life Than the Conventions of Cinema: Interview with the Coen Brothers (conducted in Cannes on May 16, 1996) 109
8 Cold-Blooded Scheming: Roger Deakins and Fargo 119
9 Carter Burwell in Conversation: Music for the Films of Joel and Ethan Coen 128
10 Review of Fargo 137
11 Prairie Home Death Trip 142
Filmography of Joel and Ethan Coen 151
Selected Bibliography 157
Index 159
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