Posted by jennine lanouette on wednesday, october 30th, 20. Fargo opens with a lonely shot of a highway cutting across the frozen plains of the midwest. Fargo framing relationships the cinema cartography youtube. In dwelling on fargo s phallusbending features and its critique of the capitalist migraine, one might be tempted to regard this analysis as enthroning the film as oppositional fare. The 7month pregnant sheriff of brainerd, marge gunderson is soon on the case, and. Jerry lundegaards inept crime falls apart due to his and his henchmens bungling and the persistent police work of the quite pregnant marge gunderson. Also, the movie, i think, may be notable for having that amazing female protagonist.
The coen brothers designed fargo to make the uninteresting. Hitchcockian perfection just watched episode 9 and it was perhaps the best hour of television ive yet experienced. Mar 08, 1996 even for film makers this idiosyncratic, the casting of fargo is offbeat. Famously, fargo is based on a true story, even though the events depicted in the film never actually. Fargo summary kidnapped definitely not the robert louis stevenson novel a man drives through a bleak, snowy landscape towing a cutlass ciera. Frances mcdormand stars as the pregnant minnesota police chef who is investigating roadside homicides.
Its seemingly pitiless light opens up the realms of darkness concealed beneath that world of. Dec 02, 2009 fargo 1996 i guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. A quick analysis of fargo 1996, one of the coen brothers most. Starring billy bob thornton, allison tolman, colin hanks and martin freeman, the season consisted of ten episodes and concluded its initial airing on june 17, 2014.
Lorne malvo was a manipulative contract killer and conman from reno, nevada. One of the characters is shot in the jaw and is shown bleeding and suffering as he tries to keep paper towels on his jaw to stop the bleeding. Fargo begins with an absolutely deadon familiarity with smalltown life in the frigid winter landscape of minnesota and north dakota. However, things dont go according to plan and soon three people are dead outside of brainerd, mn. A quick analysis of fargo 1996, one of the coen brothers most classic and highly praised films. Fargo is a 1996 black comedy thriller film written, produced and directed by joel and ethan coen.
His life is changed when a mysterious contract killer named lorne malvo comes to town. An anomaly of categorization, the contemporary masterpiece is a film noir with stark. Jun 17, 2014 the original film famously insisted that it was based on a true story, though ethan coen later revealed in the introduction to the published screenplay that the film aims to be both. First, an analysis through a juxtaposition and comparison of the written screenplay and the actual film, which will draw attention to the differing roles of screenwriter and director. Fargo is a subtler exercise that seems to be in two minds about its characters. Characters are shot and killed at close range, often in the head, bloody as they hit the ground. His lack of empathy and emotion while performing acts of murder form the basis of his personality. Although the coen brothers jump to a new genre with each new film, their. He talks a little bit about fargo, film stocks he used and how he lit many of. Then it rotates its story through satire, comedy, suspense and violence, until it emerges as one of the best films ive ever seen. The ransom drop was filmed in two adjacent parking garages. The coen brothers film fargo 1996 begins with two riddlesthe first, a verbal riddle about truthtelling in cinema, the second, an image riddle about whiteness. Fargo 1996 is a selfproclaimed homespun murder story set in the whitewashed, winter wilderness of the frozen and bleak upper midwest.
Macy hires two criminals steve buscemi and peter stormare to kidnap his wife in order to extort a hefty ransom from his wealthy. Joel and ethan coens fargo opens, appropriately, in fargo, north dakota, although this is the only scene in the movie. An anomaly of categorization, the contemporary masterpiece is a film noir with stark white vistas and backdrops, a satirical comedy, a suspenseful crime drama, and a violent mystery. A movie titled fargo is expected to take place in fargo. Synopsis facing a mountain of debt, minneapolis car salesman jerry lundegaard william h. To watch it is to experience steadily mounting delight, as you realize the filmmakers have taken enormous risks, gotten away. But it works in creating a humorously drab universe where the minor characters contentedly do things like sweep slush or. This is the scene where fargo shows how it is going to take a story about pathetic criminals and make it into a great movie. None of the film was actually shot there, almost none of the movie actually takes. Frances mcdormand stars as marge gunderson, a pregnant minnesota police chief investigating roadside homicides that ensue after a desperate car salesman william h. Based on a true story, a car salesman in minneapolis, mn, jerry lundegard hires two criminals to kidnap his wife.
None of the film was actually shot there, almost none of the movie actually takes place there and that which does. Dec 16, 20 however, in fargo it seemed that the primary thing that stuck out to me was the depth of the characters. Only the first scene actually takes place in fargo, north dakota. But fargo feels like the name of an outpost at the end of the world. The movie opens with a car towing a new tan oldsmobile cutlass ciera through a subfreezing blizzard to a small inn in fargo, north dakota. Sep 02, 2018 a quick analysis of fargo 1996, one of the coen brothers most classic and highly praised films. An analysis of the opening of fargo i will talk about the first ten minutes of fargo with two key approaches in mind. He arrives at a bar in fargo, north dakota to meet with two criminals, carl showalter and gaear grimsrud. Fact and fiction the deconstruction of narration in the movie. One way of analyzing films is by the shot by shot analysis, though that is typically used only for small clips or scenes. Fargo analysis of character relationships the shot and the cut. Furthermore, chaudhuris survey of film theory suggests that exploding dominant fictions, such as the penis conflation with the phallus, comes with. Being that it seemed rather difficult to pick out a specific main character it became easy to look deeper at all of the key characters in the film such as jerry, wade, marge, and even the kidnappers. Then she returns, his head tilting as he hears her.
Financial analysis of fargo 1996 including budget, domestic and international box office gross, dvd and bluray sales reports, total earnings and profitability. So its the center of the most fateful decision in the film, the place from which the ensuing mishaps all emanate. Film noir, literally black film, emerged as a genre in the early 1940s and lasted through the 1950s. This first scene with dialogue and identifiable characters sets up the plot of the film. The feliciano scene was shot at the chanhassen dinner theatre in chanhassen, near minneapolis.
Failing that, then fargo should at least be some sort of metaphorical location loaded with meaning such a chinatown in the film bearing that name. Fargo, with its grotesque murders and cheery detectives, is a cold gem that takes us to the far north. While there is much catandmouse plot maneuvering, there is no plot payoff at the end with six people dead and a family in ruins. An example of an eyeline match in the movie fargo ethan and joel coen, 1996 is in the scene in which jean lundegaard kristin rudrud is watching tv and. Lester nygaard was an insurance salesman from bemidji, minnesota. He had a younger brother named chaz, and was high school classmates with sam hess and bill oswalt. In these films, a troubled protagonist is driven by fate to commit acts of murder and corruption in the shadowy, rainslicked streets of the city. When the driver goes inside, we see that it is jerry lundegaard william h. Film analysis is the process in which a film is analyzed in terms of miseenscene, cinematography, sound, and editing. Frequent profanity, including regular use of fk and its variations, including one use by a tween boy.
The story of a marine grunt in the first battle of khe sanh april 1967 duration. Dec, 2016 fargo textual analysis joel and ethan coen directed, produced and edited the 1960 american dark comedy crime thriller film, fargo. Its jerry lundegaard, a sales manager at an oldsmobile dealership in minneapolis. Ive been particularly moved by the near perfection of the camera work in this series. The first season of the anthology black comedycrime drama television series fargo, premiered on april 15, 2014, on fx. In the distance, the line of the horizon is blurred by the grey sky and snowcovered ground.
The film, beautifully shot by roger deakins in its wintry terrain and equipped with excellent music from patrick. This mandate also informed the film itself, which is shot from much more straightforward angles, using longer lenses, and usually with a fixed. Macy, and he uses the false name jerry anderson to check in. Sep 20, 2015 good film editing will allow editing techniques to be near invisible and avoid having any attention drawn to them to make the film flow smooth. Macy, frances mcdormand, steve buscemi, peter stormare. What makes this camera work so special is that the great aerial shots are evident throughout the film and not just in one particular scene. So its the center of the most fateful decision in the film. The coen brothers fargo 1996 here is another entry in my amateur critic movie interpretation series.1582 557 1207 751 244 1513 601 1115 1238 535 1430 618 64 1318 709 113 1168 1242 1301 1357 963 1062 68 1237 717 1073 1195 763 243 596 1353 1402 1088