MPR's Movie Maven live at the State Fair


Minnesota Public Radio's Movie Maven Stephanie Curtis joins Midday live at the State Fair to talk movies.

Stephanie's list of Minnesota's biggest contributions to the film world:

1. Judy Garland - She's not just Dorothy! My favorite scene of hers is The Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway mass singalong from The Harvey Girls.

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2. Gordon Parks - Groundbreaking African-American filmmaker who made the serious and moving The Learning Tree but also Shaft. Can you believe a Minnesotan was responsible for Shaft?!

3. Coen Brothers - The Saint Louis Park duo made at least two classic films when most filmmakers pray to have even one. (In case you're wondering, I am talking about The Big Lebowski and No Country for Old Men.)

4. Pete Docter - The animation geek from the Twin Cities suburbs who helped conceive Wall-E and co-wrote and directed Up.

5. Steve Zahn and Peter Graves. No, I am not kidding. They are here for giving two great comedic performances. Small screen straight man Peter Graves took a risk to play Captain Clarence Oveur and used to his upright Midwesternness to deliver essentially obscene lines. Steve Zahn played Glenn Michaels in Out of Sight. Glenn's shambling, backstabbing loserdom is a funny and dark take on many mumbly Minnesotan men I've known.