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Fargo/Coen Brothers (i) week syllabus 01/22-01/29


Fargo  (1996) Coen brothersRoger Deakins


Dramatic construction with index cards. Each card = one minute of screen time, one script page.

“writing on each of them a minimal number of words that describe a step in the narrative… Important character interactions in a scene.” (Mackendrick p. 45)

what each main character in the scene wants. scene objective. how the story moves forward.

Script to read:

Fargo (Coen brothers)

Course book:

On Film-making (Alexander Mackendrick)

Films to watch this week:

Nightfall | Jacques Tourneur (1957)

On Dangerous Ground | Nicholas Ray (1951)

Article “five films that influenced the Coens’ classic” from BFI

Articles to read:


Essay or script:

500 words on Fargo or neo-noir script 3-5 pages (Saturday)

Location scouting:



Writing/Film Project:

Chukkumi (mornings)


Book to read:

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. James Joyce.


Photo project:


inherent vice

lack of plot.complicated plots. lack of artificial exposition. natural unfolding of the story.

to see

repo man (1984) by alex cox

via wikipedia

the big sleep (1946)

via wikipedia

north by northwest (1959)

police squad! (1982)

via wikipedia

the joy of filmmaking

the close-up on p t anderson, 58 mins.

josh brolin. dp/30

short indiewire (1998) on the coen brothers:

The coen brothers speak (reluctantly) the big lebowsky, the big sleep, etc.

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

via wikipedia