This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…
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…
This seems to be a trend with me and the Coens. Even though I'm interested, that interest feels mostly to do with the process and constant film-to-film stylistic changes. I haven't been completely invested or grounded, though. I never feel like I'm totally on the level with why or how things are happening in their films. But still, I'm drawn to them.
I didn't love "Barton Fink," but I think it's the best of the bunch to this point. The metaphors are steep, and it's risky and interesting. Need to see again.
Goodman is such a delight in movies whether live or in voice-acting roles. Even as a Nazi. Haha.
Very cool. Keen to rewatch.
Amazing acting, well-written, and a great ending that is open to interpretation. And what a tone/genre shift.
This movie felt like watching a fever dream. But I actually had a fever while watching this movie. So by the end credits I wondered what the fuck I had just seen.
Engrossing acting, creative camerawork, and highly quotable dialogue couldn't save Barton Fink from being utterly vexing to me. The Cohen Bros. have even admitted they weren't trying to achieve an overarching message with this film.
Well it shows. Too many questions were left hanging out to dry for my taste. I don't hate ambiguous endings, I just want them to serve a purpose.
I'll probably give this a rewatch in a year or two to see if my disposition changes. Hopefully my body temperature will be below 100 degrees next time.
I love this film and I'm baffled why. It's just really strange and entertaining.
(production design class)
overall good colors/built environment/costume design
Another great film from the Coen Brothers, Barton Fink is defiantly one of their best films!
The plot revolves around a well established playwright trying to write his first screenplay for a major studio. The acting from John Turturro and John Goodman were excellent. The cinematogrhpy and the editing were superb and the soundtrack was great.
I'd highly recommend this film to anyone!
i love this episode of ahs: hotel
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
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