Reply
Thread Tools Display Modes
#1
Old 10-09-2002, 03:26 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Tokyo
Posts: 1,228
FARGO: significance (if any) of Mike Yanagita

In the movie Fargo, when Chief Marge goes down to Mineapolis to work on her homicide case, she meets up with an old acquaintance from high school, Mike Yanagita.

I watched this movie again recently and wondered if there was any significance to his appearance that I was just missing. I know the Cohen brothers often throw extra scenes in for fun, but on the off chance that I'm overlooking something, I'd like to hear what you guys think.
#2
Old 10-09-2002, 04:18 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 857
IIRC, I read or heard a comment attributed to the Cohens, the jist of it being that they kept the scene because it showed several aspects of Marge's character quite well.

Quite likely there's more than that, too. Personally, I think that scene grounds the film nicely, and even acts as a microcosm of the reality in which Fargo's story unfolds. Think: in any other movie that scene would've turned out much differently, with sexual tension or high drama, nostalgic reflections of days-gone-by or what-not. Instead it is dealt with in a very subdued, even bleak fashion; the poor bastard just breaks down crying. The same goes for the film's central kidnapping plot, characters, even the portrayal of violence; they are by turns shocking and pitiful, but never larger-than-life. They don't exist in the standard movie "reality".

Just my opinion. Great, great film.
#3
Old 10-09-2002, 08:39 AM
Charter Member
Join Date: Apr 1999
Location: Schenectady, NY, USA
Posts: 40,814
It's been pointed out that Mike is somewhat of a keystone of the plot.

He has that scene with Marge when he sounds so sincere about being in love with her. Later, she finds out he was lying, and she immediately goes back to talk to Jerry, who had sounded so sincere when she had questioned him before.
__________________
"Deck us all with Boston Charlie,/Walla Walla, Wash., an’ Kalamazoo!/Nora’s freezin’ on the trolley,/Swaller dollar cauliflower alley-garoo!
Purveyor of fine science fiction since 1982.
#4
Old 10-09-2002, 08:50 AM
Guest
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Elextrolux Starsucker4000
Posts: 3,140
I'm not sure if one has to do with the other. She seems to have an epiphany when driving home and returns to ask Jerry one more question. If she had been suspicious she would not have let him walk out of the room and escape.
#5
Old 10-09-2002, 10:48 AM
BANNED
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Green Lake, TX
Posts: 2,708
The two scenes may not be directly linked in the plot, but as RealityChuck points out, their structure and theme are very similar. The scene with Mike foreshadows the subsequent scene with Jerry.

Think about Of Mice and Men. Early in the story, the old man's dog is so old and sick that it needs to be put down for its own sake. The old man lets one of the ranch hands take the dog out and shoot it. This sets up the pivotal final scene in the book and movie, which has a very similar structure and theme, but with much greater consequences.

The same thing is happening in Fargo. The scene with Mike, which is relatively innocuous, helps to give the scene with Jerry that follows, which has much more serious consequences, more power.

It's also a motif of the movie: Interviews that conlude in unexpected ways.
#6
Old 10-09-2002, 10:58 AM
BANNED
Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: Green Lake, TX
Posts: 2,708
The two scenes may not be directly linked in the plot, but as RealityChuck points out, their structure and theme are very similar. The scene with Mike foreshadows the subsequent scene with Jerry.

Think about Of Mice and Men. Early in the story, the old man's dog is so old and sick that it needs to be put down for its own sake. The old man lets one of the ranch hands take the dog out and shoot it. This sets up the pivotal final scene in the book and movie, which has a very similar structure and theme, but with much greater consequences.

The same thing is happening in Fargo. The scene with Mike, which is relatively innocuous, helps to give the scene with Jerry that follows, which has much more serious consequences, more power.

It's also a motif of the movie: Interviews that conlude in unexpected ways.
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:40 PM.

Copyright © 2017
Best Topics: random skype invites vaccine mark monty python monk motor coat hate sluts birth certificate bonds flavoured vodka threesome relationships marijuana red hair boxy battlestar galactica .junique skunk fur toaster bagel setting buying coal bg2 strongholds prison lube western milfs sword length salted margarita the entertainer lyrics david shurter wiki baskets at walmart comedy callback wwii zippo submarine breach ww2 helmet nets 04 jetta 1.8t walter matthau wife best male duets opie name wwii trenches robert earl hughes polyester feel bh hours old whores disease pineapple vodka drink recipe one nearsighted and one farsighted eye how intelligent are foxes how much does a rim cost old man in hat is unemployment considered welfare did you hear about math riddle pubes grow back fast copy keys home depot how to unclog toilet with drano how long can dogs go without water how much do bmw service advisors make mueller lasagna recipe on box why do pigeons bob their head why are blueprints called blueprints how to tell if a propane tank is full bei mir bist du schon how to use afrin without rebound why is the poop deck called the poop deck difference between huns and mongols do mice eat cockroaches walgreens hitachi magic wand 2 out 3 ain't bad propane tanks for generators smart roadster for sale usa no turn on red means the shire to mordor walking directions do i need to replace rotors with pads how to fix a dvd player that won't spin why am i not good enough for him i'm not your buddy pal oceans 11 how to pronounce camomile feels like a splinter in my foot do i need to resurface my rotors neither of us is or are grammar how to tell if breasts are fake