Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 26: Fri Jun 11

Fargo (Coen, 1996): Prince Charles Cinema,  3.45pm

This 35mm presentation is on at the Prince Charles Cinema from June 11th to 20th. You can find the full details here.

Time Out review:
Car salesman Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) hires low-lifes Carl and Gaear (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare) to kidnap his wife, hoping that her wealthy father will pay a ransom from which Jerry can cream a share. The abduction goes according to plan, but the kidnappers commit three murders as they drive by night through the snowy Minnesota wastes. Police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand), a slow-talkin', smart-thinkin', pregnant housewife, investigates. Joel and Ethan Coen's beguiling film is both very funny and, finally, very moving. Performed to perfection by an imaginatively assembled cast, it displays the customary Coen virtues, at the same time providing a robust emotional core unaffected by the taint of mere technical virtuosity. The talk is more leisurely than usual, the camera largely static, the focus firmly on relationships, character, ethics. However banal the lives and aspirations of the leading figures, there's nothing condescending about the humour. Marge and her husband are genuinely good, ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events of, to them, unfathomable evil. Suspense, satire, mystery, horror, comedy and keen (if faintly surreal) social observation combine to prove yet again that (bar very few) the Coens remain effortlessly ahead of the American field.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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