Roger Deakins

Fargo’s wood-chipper turns 20: A brief oral history

Two decades after the release of Fargo, the snowbanks of our memory are still splattered with Steve Buscemi’s body parts. After searching two states for fugitives Carl Showalter (Buscemi) and Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare), police chief Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) comes across a grisly, unforgettable sight: Grimsrud feeding his accomplice into a wood chipper.

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How Sicario cinematographer Roger Deakins found beauty in darkness — exclusive video

Sicario director Denis Villeneuve calls cinematographer Roger Deakins “a master of light,” but their gritty cartel thriller often deals in darkness, both literal and figurative.

The story of a dogged FBI agent (Emily Blunt) who finds herself uneasily working with a black-ops team on both sides of the border, Sicario has garnered awards-season attention with its striking imagery, committed performances, and uncompromising narrative.

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Roger Deakins on shooting Sicario: 'We wanted to go as bleak as possible'

If cinematographer Roger Deakins were a baseball player, the back of his baseball card would be crammed with Ruthian statistics. His batting average of picking successful projects would put him in any Hall of Fame, and his contributions in shaping the look and feel of those films are a big part of the reason they are branded on your movie-loving subconscious. The Shawshank Redemption. Dead Man Walking. Twelve movies with the Coen brothers, including Fargo and The Man Who Wasn’t There. A Beautiful Mind.

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