I came across this Playlist article on DP Roger Deakins and 10 of his most challenging shots. One is opening shot of Fargo, shot in a snowstorm.Carter Burwell’s score starts out with a theme played quietly on harp, then switches to fiddle with some folkish inflections, and then, shall we say, it grows from there.

It’s of course completely Morricone-inspired.

Note the sleigh bells – not only do they suggest winter, but they’re an off choice of instrument – and that is one of the trademarks of those famous Morricone-Sergio Leone scores.

The image that emerges – one bloated vehicle towing another of the exact same model – is haunting. Let’s just say, if you want to know how to hook people at the start your film, this is a good example. 😉

Posted 5 years ago by John Piscitello

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