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“Fargo’s relationship to the ‘real’ Minnesota has been central to the debate over the film ever since its 1996 release, especially its stylized take on the region’s Scandinavian roots, which comes out in names like Lundegaard and Gunderson, and dialogue sprinkled with lingual tics like ‘Oh, yah?’ and ‘Geez.’ There are moments observed with an absolute specificity of detail—the scraping of an iced-over car window as the ultimate in Midwest existential despair—and others that are cartoonish, even cruel, in laying out the banal rituals of buffet lines and needlepoint. Yet the Minnesota of Fargo reflects the Coens’ ambivalence about their home state rather than blanketing it strictly in contempt or affection; this is a place where decency and venality co-exist like anywhere else, and where the coded language can be authentically nice, as well as ‘Minnesota nice.’”

Our Movie Of The Week feature returns with the Coen brothers’ masterful Fargo, which Scott Tobias summarizes in five quotes in his kickoff Keynote essay. [Read more…]

“Fargo’s relationship to the ‘real’ Minnesota has been central to the debate over the film ever since its 1996 release, especially its stylized take on the region’s Scandinavian roots, which comes out in names like Lundegaard and Gunderson, and dialogue sprinkled with lingual tics like ‘Oh, yah?’ and ‘Geez.’ There are moments observed with an absolute specificity of detail—the scraping of an iced-over car window as the ultimate in Midwest existential despair—and others that are cartoonish, even cruel, in laying out the banal rituals of buffet lines and needlepoint. Yet the Minnesota of Fargo reflects the Coens’ ambivalence about their home state rather than blanketing it strictly in contempt or affection; this is a place where decency and venality co-exist like anywhere else, and where the coded language can be authentically nice, as well as ‘Minnesota nice.’”

Our Movie Of The Week feature returns with the Coen brothers’ masterful Fargo, which Scott Tobias summarizes in five quotes in his kickoff Keynote essay. [Read more…]

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    Fargo. Oh you betchya
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    Gah, I so love this movie
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