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by David Schleicher

HECK!

I first saw Fargo when I was in high school. I loved it, but I could barely describe it.

And those accents!

In college…we couldn’t get enough of it. Everyone had to get initiated into the cool club of hipster film watchers who could quote it and speak the lines and make up their own lines in….those accents. It was a pre-YouTube meme.

But Fargo – what was it then? Can its suchness be defined by what we see on screen?

Let’s examine – This is a true story; they lie to us.

The first image is of obscured white-washed wilderness. Is this a desert? No. There’s snow. A tow truck.

We hear Carter Burwell’s noirish fairy tale of a music score.

This is F A R G O, they announce.

Where is it? (more…)

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by Allan Fish

(UK 1968-1977 2,340m) DVD1/2

We are the boys who will make you think again

p  David Croft  d  David Croft, Harold Snoad, Bob Spiers  w  Jimmy Perry, David Croft  theme song sung by Bud Flanagan

Arthur Lowe (Capt.George Mainwaring), John le Mesurier (Sgt.Arthur Wilson), Ian Lavender (Pte.Frank Pike), John Laurie (Pte.James Frazer), Clive Dunn (Cpl.Jack Jones), Arnold Ridley (Pte.Charles Godfrey), James Beck (Pte.Joe Walker), Bill Pertwee (Warden Hodges), Frank Williams (The Vicar), Edward Sinclair (The Verger),

One cannot help thinking back to Powell and Pressburger’s immortal The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp and the moment when John Laurie’s faithful servant, Murdoch, announces he’s helping the war effort by joining the Home Guard.  It’s enough to make you think Pressburger, when writing his script, could see into the future.  Laurie was one of British cinema’s forgotten character actors, memorable in everything from Hitch’s The 39 Steps to Mine Own Executioner and appearing – one of only two people besides Larry himself – in all three Olivier Shakespeare films.  Yet none of that matters, for he will always be Private James Frazer, undertaker and member of the Home Guard for Walmington on Sea, always ready to tell you the tale of the “auld empty barn”.  And he wasn’t alone, there’s not an actor amongst this cast whose efforts in other spheres has not been dwarfed by their association with arguably Britain’s best-loved small screen comedy.  (more…)

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