Episode 3: fargo

How the 1996 Coen Brothers' movie introduced folks to the quirky Midwest and its inventive murders.

 

The 1996 movie Fargo stirred widespread curiosity about snowy winters, funny accents and bloody mayhem on the frozen tundra of North Dakota and Minnesota. The film won two Oscar awards and inspired a popular television series of the same name. But how well did it actually capture and reflect the region?

In this episode, The Drunk Projectionist proudly presents a documentary about the movie.

You betcha!

Public radio pros Diane Richard and Todd Melby unravel the mystery behind the parkas, prowlers and wood chippers in interviews with actors William H. Macy (Jerry Lundegaard), John Carroll Lynch (Norm Gunderson), Tony Denman (Scotty Lundegaard), dialect coach Liz Himelstein, women in law enforcement, and many more. Narrated by Bruce Bohne (Deputy Lou).

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WILLIAM H. MACY

"In that werid way that actors do it, I thought he was noble."

In the podcast, we also ask actors to analyze specific scenes, including William H. Macy's unleashing his rage on a snow-covered windshield.

After his business proposal flops, Jerry Lundegaard marches solemnly to his car. William H. Macy remembers the moment in an audio highlight from Episode 3.

After his business proposal flops, Jerry Lundegaard marches solemnly to his car. William H. Macy remembers the moment in an audio highlight from Episode 3.

In another interview in the pod, Bain Boehlke — he's the guy with the broom in his hand in picture below — describes his encounter with Steve Buscemi's character to a local cop. Boehlke insists a Minnesotan would never substitute a broom for a snow shovel in the winter. But when the Coens were filming, few flakes were falling.

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BAIN BOEHLKE

"I didn't think it was a real film. No one asked me if I knew my lines. We didn’t rehearse it, you know."

Essential listening for diehard fans of Fargo.

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