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Barton Fink (1991)

US 117m, Colour
Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen; Cast: John Turturro, John Goodman, Michael Lerner, Judy Davis, John Mahoney, Steve Buscemi

barton_finkBarton 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).

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2 comments on “Barton Fink (1991)

  1. Anthony Lee Collins
    02/12/2016

    I spent an evening with an old friend a while back, and we ended up comparing our reactions to all the Coen Brothers films.

    We agreed on some and not so much on others. He liked Barton Fink more than I did — but then he’s a Hollywood screenwriter and I’m not. He said that the more you know about Hollywood, the more time you’ve spent there, the better the film is.

    I didn’t dislike it, but it wasn’t even close my favorite of their films.

    • Klaus
      02/12/2016

      Funny you mentioned this – i just finished watching: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UR4PgGrS54U – which attempts to do the same. Barton Fink is not one of my favourites either, but i have more of an appreciation for it now, than when it came out. Definitely the kind of film that grows on you.

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