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.…
"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).
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…
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…
"Barton Fink" was my 10th Coen Brother films. So I'm not quite sure why they continue to surprise me with each film. I truly never know what to expect when I start one of their movies, and while I had only the vaguest idea about what "Barton Fink" was about before starting it, I don't think I was truly prepared for what was about to unfold.
The passion for film that these brothers share is evident in every frame of this film, as well as every film they've ever done. This is a beautiful looking, wonderfully directed drama (or is it a comedy? I don't know). The film is loaded with subtext and thought provoking imagery, but it doesn't overpower…
Una película que rehúye hacer una división precisa entre la página en blanco y el texto que persigue sin saberlo, entre el creador y su ficción; A veces resulta complicado explicar en qué consiste la maestría de una película. De entre los misterios que pueblan esta película colosal, la gaviota que cae muerta de repente, en el último plano, tiene una poesía extrañísima (y en un plano, además, a cuyo origen parece hacerse referencia a menudo y tampoco queda en ningún momento claro el significado). Lo acepto, sin más.
The gears in my head were winding so fucking fast during this movie. It's inspiring while completely crushing your hopes and dreams.
Probably my favorite Coen bros film.
Saw a little bit of this on TV years ago, somehow didn't watch the whole thing. Finally I can cross this off from my list of shame, the unseen classics-list. Among the better Coen bros movies I've seen, though all of them seem to be like that, ranking them would be very hard. This has more surreal elements than their movies usually have and I loved it, and man John Goodman is good, I love that guy.
Most of this movie is actually pretty bland, but it redeems itself during the fantastic last couple of scenes.
Got to see this classic at the big ol' ornate Jersey City Loew's palace theater on my birthday. It was the perfect match.
- Only God Forgives
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- Spring Breakers
- A Field in England
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game