Movies that are slightly off.
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…
Een van de meest ondergewaardeerde films van de Coens. Een heerlijk inkijkje in de wereld van screenwriting en het concept "writer's clock", dat de broers neerpenden toen ze daar zelf last van hadden. De prachtige details zoals het behang maken het af.
Honestly? Holy shit
"I'll show you the life of the mind!"
This is a fabulous film, dripping with a brooding, sticky atmosphere that draws you in to the clammy world of Barton Fink, sat in his hotel room listening to the creaking of the wallpaper as it dribbles moistly from the walls, searching for inspiration in his tacky painting and dusty typewriter. The Hollywood system and New York theatrical snobbery lampooned with equal viciousness.
The Coen brothers also seem to get the best performances out of an actor that I have seen. John Goodman is brilliant in this film and he seems to do his best work for the Coens. John Turturro is captivating as the hack writer who talks about his love…
Just like an onion. So many fucking layers.
My 2 cents: I like the Coen's, but this one's a miss for me. 1/5
As a professional writer (not english as you can obviously see) I can confirm the worst nightmares always come to visit when you run out of words. Barton Fink is no only a portrait of a naive writer artistically ambitious without ideas in a middle of an existential crisis but an excellent parody of Hollywood. When the producer says I want a "wrestler film" now you can read a "superhero film".
One of the many gaps in my Coen Brothers education, Barton Fink is an incredible character study of man who is equal parts brilliant, arrogant, hypocritical, insecure, scared; built on great performances by actors working from an incredible script.
Im Nachhinein erinnerte mich der Film Barton Fink sehr an den kürzlich erschienen Hail, Caesar! Beide Filme stellen unter Hervorhebung unterschiedlicher Aspekte eine Hommage an Hollywood dar. Bei Barton Fink ist es die vermeintlich geruhsame Perspektive des Drehbuchautoren, dessen innerer Kampf allerdings umso drastischer nach außen getragen wird. Doch gerade deshalb fragt man sich am Ende dieses Exzesses - der wilder und besser ist als Hail,Caesar! - : Was habe ich da eigentlich gesehen und was sollte das? Die großartigsten Momente des Filmes waren jene Moment des Selbstwiedererkennens, welche jeder Zuschauer haben muss, der selbst schon mal versucht hat zu schreiben.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…