Recently, I've become aware that certain films are able to transcend the medium by being completely self-assured in their atmospheres…
There's only one thing stranger than what's going on inside his head. What's going on outside.
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.
If the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" is a portrait of the artist as eternal wanderer, then their "Barton Fink" is a portrait of the artist as eternally distracted. It is, that is, until it becomes an indictment of soulless, brainless Hollywood product that then turns turns into a Faustian Los Angeles-is-hell allegory before returning to its meditation on the artist. To be sure, "Barton Fink" has a lot on its narrative plate. Although that mix of ideas, metaphors, symbols, and plot threads can be a little much, the film is an engrossing and inspired piece of work.
Barton Fink is a New York playwright who heeds the siren song of movie-writing and moves to Hollywood. "Barton Fink" is his…
Barton Fink is packed full of symbolism, allegory, and open-ended questions. About one man's struggles as a screenwriter in Hollywood, the film is at once realism and surrealism; comedy and tragedy. Willing you to discern meaning behind images and lines, Joel and Ethan Coen tease the viewer with a multitude of possible interpretations of their story and its characters. Littered with references to other films, novels, and poems, the viewing experience is overwhelming but rewarding.
With exhilarating performances from John Turturro, John Goodman, Michael Lerner, and Judy Davis, this is very much a character driven piece. Exploring the "life of the mind" from different angles, we are introduced to a variety of characters, each with their own issues and secrets.…
Barton Fink is no less than a directorial masterpiece. You can say what you will about the characters, even about the story itself, but there is no denying that it is masterfully executed in the way that only the Coens could manage. What struck me most is their skillfulness showing action off screen or behind a wall and give their audience just enough visual clues to leave them jumping with anticipation (the best example in their filmography is the hotel door scene in No Country for Old Men.) This works so very subtly and so very well in countless scenes. Consider, if you will, the box that John Goodman's character gives Barton. We can only help but wonder, what's inside…
"You're just a tourist with a typewriter. I live here."
Easy Barton Fink primer:
A self-absorbed NYC playwright lauds the virtue of the common man all while remaining deaf to others; his lack of empathy lands him in a Hollywood hell.
With hints of an allegory about US isolationist policies (and some nasty business with fluids).
Ingeniously written and directed by the Coen Brothers, Barton Fink is set in 1941, initially in New York. It follows the playwright who is filled with social concerns, Barton Fink, who was a big hit on Broadway and immediately calls the attention of Tinseltown. Hired by Hollywood to write a wrestling film, Barton swaps the pollution of the city for the stardom of the movies.
When Federico Fellini had no idea on what to do with his next film, he created 8½, which portrayed an out-of-ideas director who didn't know what to do with his next film. When the Coen Brothers had no idea on what to do with their next film, they created Barton Fink, which portrays an out-of-ideas…
It has been almost twenty years since I saw Barton Fink. Back then in my early twenties I obviously missed something. I seem to remember it leaving me a little muddled and confused, and with this film coming fairly soon after my favorite Coen's film, Miller's Crossing, I was a little underwhelmed. I'd like to think my tastes have matured a bit since then and as I listed my Coen Brothers ranking last night, I was surprised at the reaction to my low rating for this. Rewatches especially after a long time can be beneficial, so imagine my surprise when I awoke after night-shift to find this just starting on Sky Movies.
While still not as appreciated as Miller's Crossing…
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" The life of the mind, there is no road map for that territory,Exploring it can be be painful, The pain, most people doesn't know about."
Coen Brothers are the masters of symbolism, artistic imagery and Goddamned brilliant movie writing.
'Barton Fink' revolves around a Disturbing peak inside the mind of a writer who wants to create an brilliant artistic masterpiece of a story involving Wrestling, as he wrestles with his own mind.
This movie provides an air of Distraction and Ear-Dripping scenarios which have far more interpretations than the movie allows us to see.
The distracted mind may provide ways to prohibit the user to…
Well, I can honestly say I don't know what the fuck I just watched. I'm putting bits and pieces together, but for the most part I'm still in the dark. The creepy tone and social commentary present here is amazing, as are the performances from John Turturro and John Goodman. Oddly enough, Barton Fink feels somewhat like a Coen brothers take on The Shining, featuring all the weirdness and dark humor one would expect from that combo. But in the end, I can't deny that I loved it. Great film.
Barton Fink is of importance in the Coen Bros filmography for at least two reasons:
1) It's their first collaboration with Roger Deakins
2) It's their first foray (and remains one of few) into non-genre film making--Each of their first three movies plays as a twist on some Hollywood genre tradition--Noir, screwball comedy, and gangster film. This movie, at least in terms of subject matter, is certainly reliant on Hollywood mythology, but in terms of storytelling it seems more indebted to art film.
I think both of these manifest in interesting ways. In contrast to their first three features (although this started a bit with Miller's Crossing), Barton Fink visually leans more on atmospherics than acrobatics. The Coens still move…
i sell people a little piece of mind, beware the friendly neighbor, the selfish poet, and the price of selling out, what's in the box?, real life tableaus, that feeling of satisfaction without understanding a thing that just happened = priceless
As great as the first time I saw it. A bit more painful now, as I see myself some in Barton in a way that makes me feel quite silly.
I like this film more and more.
Initially, I had my doubts, but the more I see it, the better it gets.
Incredible cast: Michael Lerner as the movie producer, John Mahoney as the Faulkner-like screenwriter, Tony Shalhoub, Judy Davis...
Not to mention Turturro and John Goodman.
I believe this was the first collaboration with DOP Roger Deakins, too.
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A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…