The Coen Brothers’ Fargo is a movie built on the back of Midwestern wholesomeness and the unchanging status quo of its characters’ lives. The world isn’t moving, the cruelty that impacts it is an anomaly.
This is reflected in the cinematography, which must find interesting kinetics and dynamic shots in a world specifically constructed to be boring, milquetoast, and frozen to the core.
Essayist Lewis Criswell explains the process behind this struggle, touching on behind-the-scenes production details as well as examples from the film, to make a video just as informative as it is thought-provoking. Most videos make you want to rewatch their subjects, but this one makes you want to create with your new knowledge.