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…
“You're very beautiful. Are you in pictures?”
The claim John Cusack’s character makes in Håfström’s 1408 - “hotels are a naturally creepy place” is a statement that the Cohen brothers’ Barton Fink is a true testament to. What is it really that goes on in the noisy room right next door to you when you’ve checked in at the trashy hotel? We get to follow John Turturro’s struggling writer Barton as he tries to finish a script at a rundown hotel, but his bothering next-door neighbor Charlie – played by John Goodman – makes matters even worse.
The core of Barton Fink brings up the struggle that we’ve seen in movies like Persona, Birdman or Black Swan and just like…
another movie i didn't understand
John Fucking Goodman.
I wonder if this is how god felt while creating everything.
I didn't realize I had erroneously given this 4 stars while using Letterboxd drunk. I apologize.
The Coen Brothers have made a name for themselves already, without even making any blockbusters. There are well known filmmakers, because of their directorial and writing quality. Trademarks are subtlety, eye for details, great dialogue or monologue, symbolism and a big dose of dark humor. But before they gave us “Fargo”, “The Big Lebowski” and “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”, it was “Barton Fink”.
John Turturro plays Barton Fink, a shy maybe even unworldly playwright. From his safe life behind the curtains in the theatre, he goes to 1940s California, to write a script for a movie. Off course this can’t go smoothly. The people of Capitol Pictures want Barton to write a standard script, commercially interesting. And this will…
<<θα σου δείξω τον κόσμο του πνεύματος>>.Άλλη μία αξιομνημόνευτη ταινία των αδελφών Κοέν με την οποία κέρδισαν το κοινό τους στις Κάννες.
The Coen brothers killing it yet again. A strangely surreal and wonderfully constructed film.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Barton Fink is a film about the collapse of Hollywood.
There is a throwaway shot in Barton Fink where W.P Mayhew drops a signed copy of his book, called Nebuchadnezzar, onto the table in front of Barton Fink. The implications of this shot and this symbolism, far surpasses, the second-long glimpse the viewer gets of it. Nebuchadnezzar is the King of the Babylonian Empire, as depicted in the Bible, and specifically in the Book of Daniel. Now, in Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar creates a golden statue of himself, creating a god, or false idol in his own image. W.P. Mayhew, as we learn late in the picture, is revealed to be a phony, or, if you will, a false idol…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
A big collection of films that might be considered as strange, mindfucking, surreal and weird. Sorted by year. Suggestions are…