In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer's block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task.Written by
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Karl Mundt was the name of a real United States Senator from South Dakota, which neighbors the Coens home state of Minnesota. He served in the senate when the Coens were growing up (1948-73). See more »
Charlie's (John Goodman's) leaking ear infection changes sides and mysteriously spreads from his right ear to his left after he returns from one of his enigmatic trips. See more »
Hell, you've got it made writing for the pictures, beating out that competition, and me being patronizing! Is the egg showing or what?
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The 20th Century Fox logo appears over silence; the "fanfare" is not played. See more »
The Coen-movie I liked best was "Raising Arizona". But being realisic, I know that "Miller's Crossing" and "Barton Fink" were better. There is so much inside and behind this movie, it's impossible to refer to every single detail. John Turturro has never given a better performance than here, as arrogant, too ambitious author Barton Fink. John Goodman also plays his role for a lifetime. And of course, Michael Lerner was nominated for an Academy Award. The reason why he still is no star is that he didn't act in any other Coen-brothers-movie. It's a fact that with their direction actors reach their climax.
Some of my friends who saw this film disliked it because they didn't understand the plot. Well, this is not a movie for people who need instructions how to handle a film. You have to think, to guess what all the symbols mean, what the ending means. Whatever you'll guess it can't be completely wrong because a real masterpiece like this offers many possibilities for interpretation.
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