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Fargo and the Art of Adaptation

The film-versus-TV discussion materializes every once in a while, particularly when film devotees feel the creep of television dominating the cultural conversation. But are the two ever worth talking about in concert with one another? Sometimes, yes, like when a film gets adapted to television. This week, we dive into the Great Film-TV debate, the limitations and possibilities of both mediums, and why people may not be watching the latest excellent season of Fargo: It’s not dudebro-y enough.

This episode contains spoilers in the following discussions:
Fargo, season two: 10:08–10:12, 29:15–45:27

Further reading: Fargo’s second season is one of the best TV dramas of the year; “TV Is Not the New Film” in Filmmaker magazine

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Fargo and the Art of Adaptation