Barton Fink

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Comedy drama

Barton Fink

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In 1941, the well-meaning, vaguely leftist Broadway playwright of the title (Turturro) tries to settle into a rancid Hollywood hotel room to write his first script for eccentric mogul Jack Lipnick (Lerner). Trouble is, it's a Wallace Beery wrestling pic, and he develops a severe case of writer's block. His only hope, it seems, is to take inspiration from a fellow writer's 'secretary' (Davis) and from his insurance salesman neighbour (Goodman), welcomed by Fink as a living paradigm of the 'Common Man'. The tortuous narrative twists that have always marked the Coens' work here inform the entire structure of the movie. As it suddenly shifts gear from its bizarre blend of brooding psychodrama and screwball satire, the film accelerates into a Gothic fantasy as outrageous as it is terrifying. Somehow everything coheres, thanks to the Coens' superb writing and assured direction, and a roster of marvellous performances. The result works on numerous levels, thrilling the mind, ears and eyes, and racking the nerves.
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Release details

UK release:

1991

Duration:

116 mins

Cast and crew

Cast:

Michael Lerner, Jon Polito, Judy Davis, John Mahoney, John Goodman, John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub

Screenwriter:

Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Music:

Carter Burwell

Director:

Joel Coen

Cinematography:

Roger Deakins

Editor:

Roderick Jaynes

Production Designer:

Dennis Gassner

Producer:

Ethan Coen

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Rantthere4Iam

Coens at their best -The pace of this movie allows the intellect of the audience to delve into many plausible outcomes. My favorite "off the grid" selection.

Rantthere4Iam

Coens at their best -The pace of this movie allows the intellect of the audience to delve into many plausible outcomes. My favorite "off the grid" selection.