Fargo (1996)

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Based entirely in fiction, despite what its opening credits claim, the Coen Brothers’ masterpiece sees a heavily pregnant police chief (Frances McDormand) on the trail of an extortion scheme set up by a car dealer (William H. Macy) and fatally botched by his inept hired goons (Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare).

Turning the brothers’ Midwestern home state of Minnesota into a stage for its interlocked plots and deeply layered character details, the film gained entry into the US National Film Registry in its first year of eligibility – cementing its reputation as an essential modern classic.

Print courtesy of the National Film & Sound Archive, Australia.