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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).
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…
I wish I wasn't limited to just five stars so I can give this movie what it properly deserves. "Barton Fink" goes beyond simple being yet another great film by two of the greatest filmmakers of all time, it's a brilliantly constructed character study of not just of the title character but of anyone who has ever experienced the pain writers block or any form of struggle with writing.
From the minute one my eyes were clued to my TV, and as the movie kept going and going, my heart started to race, I started to sink into my bed, and my brain was running wild with all of the deep and enriching themes this movie was throwing at me…
Amazing! One of the best plot twists I've ever seen, beautiful use of colour, awesome cinematography and wonderfully written dialogue. Great characters, great directing.
A great movie!
THE LIFE OF THE MIND
How was Goodman not nominated for an Oscar?
The reveal when he kills the mosquito is seamless and haunting then the screaming kicks in and suddenly I'm laughing while having chills.
Kickstarter campaign for a sequel to Step Up with a dance off between Barton Fink and David Brent. Who wins??? We all do.
previewed on 35 with 5th ave crew
John Goodman running down a hall screaming! You don't need anything else. But there is more else and it's good.
I'm really hesitating on giving this a 5 star rating. But I keep thinking about what was wrong with it or what I didn't like, and I just can't think of anything meaningful. I've never seen a movie where I loved EVERY character. I wanted to listen to each character rattle on about whatever for the whole movie. Every time a character reappeared after awhile, it was like seeing an old friend. And I can only imagine this feeling will intensify with (endless) rewatches. And the story is exactly what I want from a movie. It's kind of funny, deathly serious, mixed with surreal elements. Mixed in PERFECTLY I might add. This movie symbolizes everything I, and I imagine any…
Requires a second viewing.
Probably the Coen Brothers' finest screenwriting. Fitting for a film about screenwriting. It had some of the most accurate portrayals of writer's block. There is a great deal of symbolism that escaped me, but man is it shot gorgeously.
My favorite John Goodman and scene transitions
There are an abundance of tecniques that the Coen Brothers have perfected, but the big one for me is creating a balanced art house film.
Say you're watching The Neon Demon, one of the biggest art movies of the last decade. If you don't get it within the first 10 minutes (which is unlikely, I'll admit), then there is very little chance you'll actually enjoy or grasp the rest of the movie. It's great for the people who do get it, but annoying for those who don't.
Well the Coens don't do this. First off, their more artistic movies (like this one), their themes take time to develop. Barton Fink starts off like any other traditional film and slowly decends…
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