The Coen brothers’ films are filled with phenomenal characters. From the absurd H.I. McDunnough in Raising Arizona to the neurotic Larry in A Serious Man via Burn After Reading’s delightful himbo Chad, there’s a common theme: blokes with terrible plans. And nowhere is this better represented than in 1996’s Fargo, a tragicomic modern western where a poorly conceived scheme spirals out of control. Only one woman can clear up the mess. And that woman is the Coenverse’s greatest character: Marge Gunderson.
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Michael Winterbottom On Why The UK Isn't Making More Indie Films
Michael Winterbottom is one of Britain’s most prolific film directors, but in his new book he lifts the lid on why it’s so hard to get films made in the UK. Having used the first covid lockdown to interview a who’s who of the country’s auteurs, winterbottom tells total film why the industry often fails to nurture its most promising talent.
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THE BITE STUFF
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