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).
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…
Being a big fan of most of the Coen Brothers films I've seen, I decided it's time I get on finishing their canon. Barton Fink along with Intolerable Cruelty are the last two I needed to see. I've put off the latter due to word of mouth stating it's probably their worst film along with The Ladykillers, the only film of theirs I've seen that I didn't at least like. When it comes to this film I was just waiting until I had access to it, and that access finally came in the form of Netflix streaming. Barton Fink is trademark Coens. Dark humor, satire, great performances, and it this case a pretty twisted and unsettling narrative.
Renowned New York…
I was Creating a short film a while a ago which I wrote and directed called 'Shine On, Harvest Moon'. It had some troubles, but I like it if it is bad or not.
'Barton Fink' is a interesting film about writing for plays and film with a surprising twist with one of the characters. The reason why I like this film is because I sympathise with Barton Fink with his troubles as a writer.
'Barton Fink' is a good and interesting viewpoint of a writer in Hollywood in the early 1940's.
Another great Coen brothers movie.
I enjoyed the film, and had to watch it for my cinema class for school. The storyline is pretty generic, but it's the underlying meanings and foreshadowing that makes this film great. It also has the viewer interpret more and wonder more as to what's going on. The ending wraps it all up, and leaves you hanging as to what might be in the box.
I believe this is what we in the industry might call, "Lynchian Coen."
Pffffffffffffffffffffff, qué película.
For some reason, the Coens' movies never did anything for me. I liked the humour, which was really subtle more often than not, and their tight scripts. The best way to say it is that I never felt that any movie of theirs was better that the sum of its parts. Well, with Barton Fink, you have so many parts that the movie is just great enough.
Maybe if I ever had gotten more into their other movies, would I have liked them more. Barton Fink's subject matter interested me so there was no problem getting into it. But in the end, the subject matter - writer's block - wasn't the reason why I liked the movie.
Everything, from the…
I don't know if I've ever seen a movie that suggests or hints at so many interpretations. Some people may regard this as weakness, that the Coen Brothers tantalize but ultimately fail to deliver. I see it as a perfect way for everyone to take away his or her own reaction from the film. Is Barton Fink a satire of Hollywood in the 40s? An autobiographical essay on writer's block and life imitating art? An homage to Roman Polanski? An allegory of American seduction with fascism or Nazism? A graphic depiction of the dangers of living within one's head? It is all of these, and it is none of these. It is quintessentially a Coen Brothers movie though.
More surreal craziness from the Coen brothers. I'm not quite sure what to make of Barton Fink. It was a bit hit and miss. A lot of scenes are quite unsettling. The strongest aspect of the film was John Turturro's brilliant performance as an idealistic, gifted but ultimately troubled writer who ends up in a Hollywood that does not share his artistic integrity. Always original, Barton Fink is a very unusual dark comedy that shows the Coen brothers honing their craft. There are pointers of better things to come. Only a few years later they would pen and direct masterpieces such as Fargo and O Brother Where Are Thou?. While Barton Fink does not push all the right buttons, it is thought provoking and interesting that deserves a watch.
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!