The Coen Brothers' Fargo

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The most commercially and critically successful film of Ethan and Joel Coen, Fargo was nominated for five Academy Awards and received two, an exceptional achievement for a low budget, independently produced film. This volume explores Fargo from a variety of perspectives. Providing a detailed account of the film's production, reception and place within the career of the Coen brothers, it covers issues and themes significant 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: 9780521808859
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/13/2003
  • Series: Cambridge Film Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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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