The Coen Brothers, at Work, on the Set of Fargo; [Still Photo]
Minnesota or North Dakota: 1995. Original outdoor photograph from the set of the film Fargo. 9 1/2” X 7” matted to 9” X 6” then framed and UV glazed. Fine condition. The image shows Joel and Ethan Coen looking into a monitor, puffily dressed for the cold weather, but it’s not really cold weather (really cold is when the wolves start killing the sheep for the wool). Vintage, on set photographs of the brothers actually working on the Fargo shoot, are bafflingly sparse, and though you can Google a few others, there’s nothing out there for sale as good as this one. fine. Item #481
The Coen’s wrote, directed, and edited Fargo, a black comedy of violent crime that soars on its unforgettable quirkiness in answering the question, what could possibly go wrong? It won the brothers Academy Awards for Best Screenplay, and Frances McDormand an Academy Award for Best Actress. Joel Coen won the Prix de la Mise en Scène (Best Director Award) off Fargo’s premier at The Cannes Film Festival, and the film won the New York Film Critics Award for Best Picture. In 1998 The American Film Institute named Fargo the 84th Greatest American Movie of All Time. It remains an ideal of coupling originality with execution in a manner perhaps equaled, but not exceeded, by anything in modern cinema, and while not unique for it, the body language, and notably the accents, schooled into the actors were, essentially, characters in the movie.