in about 100 words or less
US 117m, Colour
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen; Cast: John Turturro, John Goodman, Michael Lerner, Judy Davis, John Mahoney, Steve Buscemi
Barton Fink is a bizarre satirical black comedy about a successful “intellectual” playwright who suffers writer’s block when hired as a Hollywood scriptwriter. Stumped by his first assignment, to pen a screenplay for a Wallace Beery wrestling picture, Fink befriends Charlie Meadows, an overly friendly and large sweaty “salesman” who occupies an adjacent room. Despite his passion for stories about the common man, Fink ironically is a writer wearing blinders, unable to recognize the opportunity which Charlie seems to represent (Klaus Ming February 2016).