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Fargo by Ethan Coen
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Oct 01, 10

bookshelves: read-2010, film, public-library
Read in October, 2010

I want to learn more about reading screenplays as literature, so I thought I would start with one of the greatest films of the last 20 years, the Coen brothers' masterpiece, Fargo. Having seen the film several times, it was easy for me to visualize the action as it unfolded, but what I really found fascinating about reading this particular piece was the beautifully concise language Coen used for direction. Furthermore, there is a lot more to this particular film than meets the eye, and when I read the screenplay I came to appreciate some of the symbolism and imagery much more. The short, precise actions written by the Coens are almost poetic as they capture, not only the motion of the events portrayed, but the essence of human nature.
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