Barton Fink (1991) Poster



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Followed by 

Reading Barton Fink (2004) (Video)

Edited into 

The Clock (2010)
pacing in room


Slave Ship (1937)
The fictional writer "W.P. Mayhew" (modeled on Faulkner) in "Barton Fink" is shown working on a project entitled "Slave Ship."
Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Barton's speech is based on Sullivan's claim that he wants to make films about the "common man".
Casablanca (1942)
Charlie's line about how his troubles "don't amount to a hill of beans"
Deadline at Dawn (1946)
In that film, a character awakens to find that the woman he bedded the night before has been inexplicably murdered.
Notorious (1946)
Barton's eyeglasses reflect a wrestling scene
The Big Knife (1955)
La Dolce Vita (1960)
Beach scene
Repulsion (1965)
Joel Coen said that this film is thematically connected to this Polanski film.
The Godfather (1972)
The scene where Barton wakes up to Audrey's dead body is an homage to the "Horse Head Scene" in the Godfather
The Tenant (1976)
Joel Coen said that this film is thematically connected to this Polanski film.
Eraserhead (1977)
The Shining (1980)
As fans of Kubrick, the Coens have included many references to him in their movies. This is a blatant one, the steady- cam shot of the hallway outside of room 621. This is like the shots of the hallways of the hotel in The Shining.

Referenced in 

Naked Lunch (1991)
Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge (1991) (Video Game)
Bart and Fink are the names of the two pirates sitting around the campfire.
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1992) (TV Special)
Announced as nominee.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Tormented (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "It's just like 'Barton Fink' now."
The Simpsons: Brother from the Same Planet (1993) (TV Episode)
The kids say theyre going to go sneak into this movie at the cinema.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus (1993) (TV Episode)
Mike: It's a young Barton Fink.
The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
In the newsreel montage, Karl Mundt, the bad guy from Barton Fink, is briefly seen.
The Simpsons: Bart the Fink (1996) (TV Episode)
title reference
100 Years of Comedy (1997) (Video)
Mentioned in film.
Pi (1998)
Clay Pigeons (1998)
The Matrix (1999)
Striking Back (1999)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
In both films, John Goodman's character is a salesman who claims to sell "peace of mind"
Massive Attack: Eleven Promos (2001) (Video)
the hotel in 'karmacoma' shows a scene of a writer throwing pages onto a burning bed, sporting a crazed hairdo much like fink.
Fear X (2003)
Swimming Pool (2003)
The Simpsons: Hit & Run (2003) (Video Game)
Level title: "Bart n' Frink"
The Burly Man Chronicles (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
Film Geek (2005)
Poster is shown in Shawn Levy's office.
RV (2006)
The slogan on the side of the Munros' RV is the same as the one for the Hotel Barton stays at.
Cinematographer Style (2006)
Mentioned by Roger Deakins.
Crashing (2007)
Kristen's character Barton is named after Barton Fink
Sympathy (2007)
Hard to catch, but above the bathroom door wallpaper can be seen peeling from the wall, revealing a blood-red surface underneath. This is a nod to the hotel room in the Coen Brother's 'Barton Fink.'
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (2009) (Video)
Elevator scene and the elevator clerk's remarks on how hot it is reference Hotel Earle in Barton Fink.
The World's End (2013)
The sustained service bell ring in the hotel reception when the boys check in is an homage to the service bell in Barton Fink.
Special Collector's Edition: Candy Candy (2013) (TV Episode)
blu-ray release
Böcek (2013)
The poster is mirrored by Ugur.
Nostalgia Critic: Is Tree of Life Full of Shit? (2014) (TV Episode)
another film audiences were split in their feelings toward
Mike & Mike: Episode dated 24 December 2014 (2014) (TV Episode)
mentioned by Adnan Virk in discussion of Birdman
Fargo: The Gift of the Magi (2015) (TV Episode)
In "Barton Fink" Barton talks to Charlie about "the life of the mind" and during the Hotel Earle fire inferno Charlie shouts "I'll show you the life of the mind". During the butcher's shop fire inferno in "Fargo" there's a short pan shot along a wall where you can read the words "life" and "mind" on scorched paper.
The Film at the End of the World (2015) (Short)
Hail, Caesar! (2016)
The studio in this movie -Capitol Pictures- is the same one featured in the Coen Brothers' earlier film.

Featured in 

Siskel & Ebert: Soapdish/What About Bob?/Hudson Hawk/Only the Lonely (1991) (TV Episode)
Clips are shown in the segment on Cannes.
1992 MTV Movie Awards (1992) (TV Special)
Clip shown in quotes montage and in 'Best inanimate objects'
Innocence (1997)
Shows the Turkish dubbed version on television
The 79th Annual Academy Awards (2007) (TV Special)
Tales from the Script (2009)
Uses clip to introduce a segment
The Rotten Tomatoes Show: Hot Tub Time Machine/Chloe/How to Train Your Dragon (2010) (TV Episode)
Edward Norton says he discovered "Ruggles of Red Gap" from this movie, clips shown
Renegade Cut: Relationships in Barton Fink (2014) (TV Episode)
this film is the topic of discussion
Brows Held High: Beauty and the Beast: Part 2 (2014) (TV Episode)
Footage is shown during "Cause It's French."


Sullivan's Travels (1941)
Sullivan answers the policeman's question "How does the girl fit in this picture?" with "There's always a girl in the picture. Haven't you ever been to the movies?". In Barton's room at the Hotel Earle there's a picture with a woman in it which later on is referred to with the same double meaning.

Spoofed in 

The Dirty Little Mind of Martin Fink (1991) (Video)
Title, characters, and premise. get an X-rated treatment.

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