The Movie Fargo - - BRAINERD, MN

Welcome to The Movie Fargo. From Brainerd, MN where it allegedly took place.

Brainerd watertower

Brainerd's Landmark Watertower:
Dey didn't show ya dis here really big watertower dat we're so attached ta in dat der movie, did dey?

We was mentioned in dat der purty littl' National Geographic Magazine ting doncha know. Dey wrote up some nice tings about us and our littl' web site. Ya know, dey sure take nice pitures.
 fargo - the movie
 A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere.

Monday, April 22, 1996

Fifty years from now, what will our descendants think of Brainerd when they see "Fargo?"

A Brainerd Dispatch Editorial


Fifty years from now, what will people think when they see "Fargo?"

The question can't be avoided, because the Coen brothers' movie, largely set in Brainerd, won't go away. Dedicated film collectors will ensure that at least a few prints will always be in existence.

One such collector was William K. Everson, who died last week at age 67. Though a noted film scholar and historian, Everson will be best remembered for his personal library, numbering more than 4,000 titles, of rare, old American films that might have been lost forever except for his diligence.

Everson would freely admit that not every movie he had was a classic. He used to say that some films were valuable only in an "academic" sense. This meant that although a picture may be terrible, it at least provides future generations a window into the past, through which they can glimpse the manners and morals of a previous culture.

Which brings us back to "Fargo." What an important educational tool our descendants will get!

Imagine the opportunity to see people get shot in the head, the face, the back and the belly.

Glory at the thought of seeing a man get attacked with an ax and fed into a wood chipper.

Thrill to the spectacle of watching an American Indian rough up a prostitute, beat up a black man and whip another man with his belt while bellowing curses at the top of his voice.

Appreciate the humor of a bound and blindfolded kidnap victim making a pathetic attempt to escape while her delighted abductors look on, taunting and laughing.

Treasures like these abound in "Fargo," and it's all true! Right. But the film's depiction of a typical Brainerd resident is particularly illuminating - a vapid moron presumably the product of inbreeding by a 100 percent Scandinavian population.

It would be shameful if something happened to prevent this cultural icon from being preserved forever, such as a film vault fire where the last remaining copy is stored.

Anybody got a match?


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