Fargo snow globes
Fargo snow globes are snow globes produced as promotional items for the 1996 film Fargo.
Fargo, released in 1996, is a black comedy directed by Joel and Ethan Coen starring Frances McDormand, William H. Macy and Steve Buscemi. It tells the story of a car salesman who arranges the kidnap of his own wife to claim ransom money from her rich father and won two Academy Awards – Best Original Screenplay for the Coen brothers and Best Actress for McDormand as the pregnant Police Chief Marge Gunderson.
The film is regarded as one of the best films of the 1990s, and was inducted into the United States National Film Registry in 2006.
In 1996, the film was released on home video in a special edition collector’s set featuring two different novelty snowglobes, each depicting a different scene from the film.
The first depicts a scene in which Marge Gunderson (McDormand) discovers a crime scene with a crashed car and a body lying next to it in the snow.
The second features the film’s famous scene in which, having killed his partner in crime, kidnapper Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) feeds the body of Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) into a wood-chipper to dispose of the evidence. This globe includes red flecks of blood amongst the white snow.
Each of the globes features a black base with ‘Polygram Entertainment’ in red lettering, and a sign inside the globe behind each scene which reads: “Fargo, a film by Joel and Ethan Coen”. Each of the globes also features a lable on the bottom with an individual edition number, although it is not certain how many were produced.
The snow globes have become collector’s items due to the classic status of the film, with the ‘Wood-chipper’ globe the rarest and most sought after.
These globes can sell on auction sites such as eBay for around $40 - $60, with the other globe featuring Marge and the crime scene selling for $15 - $30.
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