For most movies, accents often have a derogatory connotation. They convey a foreignness or otherness that can provoke audience prejudice. Throughout their career, the Coen brothers have been particularly skillful in the dramatic deployment of accents. For them, an accent isn’t just a sign of geographical origin; it also conveys social and cultural background. The Coens’ most famous example is Fargo, with its use of the ‘Minnesota Nice’ accent, a frequent source of humor even though the film is a thriller. (read more)
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