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Shifting Protagonists in Fargo

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Ethan and Joel Coen’s debut feature, Blood Simple (1984), showed a unique ability to combine their particular brand of offbeat humor with a clever reworking of film noir, and their subsequent films have continued this penchant...

The Ambivalent Protagonist in Stranger Than Paradise

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...As the main agent of the narrative, the goal-driven protagonist is fundamental to classical storytelling. It is his or her aspirations and desires that will create the impetus for subsequent narrative actions. Without Leonard Shelby...

Free Association and Gummo

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Atabloid look at the decay of a small Midwestern town and the dark underside of adolescence, Harmony Korine’s Gummo (1997) might be the most controversial American independent film of the 1990s. Not only does the film boldly ignore...

Shifting Goals and Plotlines in Gas Food Lodging

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Adapted from Richard Peck’s novel Don’t Look and It Won’t Hurt, Allison Anders’s substantially reworked script for Gas Food Lodging (1992) mixes Southwestern regionalism with a strong female perspective in telling the story of three women—a...

Introduction

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...There is no doubt that most of the dullness of our movies is concocted in advance, in the so-called heads of the so-called scriptwriters. Not only the dullness: They also perpetuate the standard film constructions, dialogues, plots...

The Big Lebowski

J. M. Tyree

J.M. Tyree is non-fiction editor of New England Review and author of Vanishing Streets: Journeys in London (2016) and of the BFI Film Classic on Salesman (2012). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Ben Walters

Ben Walters is a writer, producer, programmer and critic based in London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Film Institute, 2020

Focused Study

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...Ethan and Joel Coen's The Big Lebowski was released in 1998 to general bafflement. A decade on, it had become a cult classic and remains so over 20 years later, inspiring a thriving circuit of ‘Lebowski Fests’ during which costumed devotees...

Minnesota Nice: The Coens and the Comedy of Menace

Rona Murray

Rona Murray is a tutor in film and media studies at Holy Cross College, U.K. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Studying American Independent Cinema

Auteur, 2011

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...Fargo (1996) illustrates a number of themes relating to the careers of Joel and Ethan Coen. Whether that career is as independent film-makers is contested – their funding has not been solely independent and their films revel...

The Temporal Complexity of Elephant

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Jonas Mekas’s desire to shoot all screenwriters had to do with the fact that they “perpetuate the standard film constructions, dialogues, plot” by following “their textbooks of ‘good’ screenwriting.” Jonas Mekas, “Shoot the Screenwriters...

The Flashback Structure of Reservoir Dogs

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Quentin Tarantino has criticized the notion of cinema’s inherent linearity, arguing that he’s simply applying techniques of the novel to film. Rather than employing flashbacks, Tarantino claims to be reshuffling the sequence...

Multiple Plots and Subplots in Trust

J.J. Murphy

J. J. Murphy is Professor of Film Production and Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His films have played at major international film festivals and have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Austrian Film Museum (Vienna), the Barbican Film Centre (London), and the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Me and You and Memento and Fargo : How Independent Screenplays Work

Bloomsbury Academic, 2007

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...Even though some manual writers discourage multiple protagonists and multiple plotlines, there is no question that such devices add greater structural complexity to narrative films and, as a result, have become extremely common in recent...