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Barton Fink -- New York intellectual Barton Fink comes to Hollywood in 1941 to write a screenplay, but he soon finds himself with a severe case of writer's block as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him from his task.
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Director:
Writers:
Joel Coen (written by) &
Ethan Coen (written by)
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Release Date:
21 August 1991 (USA) See more »
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What's in his head See more »
Plot:
A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Look upon me! I'll show you the life of the mind! See more (213 total) »


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Rated R for language and some scenes of violence
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116 min
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Barton Fink was an avatar of the writer Clifford Odets.See more »
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Factual errors: Tony Shalhoub's name is spelt Tony Shaloub in the opening credits.See more »
Quotes:
W.P. Mayhew:I'm buildin' up a levy one brick at a time...See more »
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Referenced in Sympathy (2007/I)See more »
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Old Black JoeSee more »

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34 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
Look upon me! I'll show you the life of the mind!, 17 July 2007
Author: lastliberal from United States

The Coen brothers have come a long way from their start with an 8mm camera. They have written and produced some great homages to the film noir era of Hollywood, and this film is no exception.

First, is the great dialog written by the brothers. Great dialog is a feature of their films, and this one has some of the most memorable I have heard. You can almost turn off the visual and just listen and be enchanted and know you are listening to a Coen brothers film.

But turning off the visual would deprive you of the great cinematography of Roger Deakins. His can frame a scene to the point that you could pause the film and just soak in the texture and color and realism. It is almost as if every frame is a painting.

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 for the common man, but just really doesn't know the common man and really doesn't care about them. Michael Lerner was brilliant as the requisite man behind the desk that is the feature of 40's noir.

One doesn't always know what is in the Coen brothers minds. Is this a foretelling of the rise of Nazism, of intellectuals who really didn't understand the appeal of fascism to the common man, or a surreal portrait of someone who sells out. No matter what their intention, they make you think and return to see their films again and again.

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