over 2 years
For the acting, it's worth a watch. Postmodernism, visual themes make it worth a few more.
over 4 years
john goodman makes this movie
almost 6 years
Just keeps pulling me back, despite each time frustrating me with what it's all about.
Crazy. I enjoyed it a lot but it's not the best from the Cohen brothers.
Claustrophobic and intense, with a real humdinger of an ending.
over 6 years
Odd film that gives your brain a good work-out. Don't expect to understand it.
almost 7 years
Haunting "intellectual" horror movie- meaning horrors for writers, artists, intellectuals
over 7 years
A weird Coen movie, even by their standards. If you like to analyse movies, watch this.
over 7 years
Mesmerising allegory about the role of the left in the politics of world war 2.
almost 8 years
The Coens' elegantly symbolic and dizzyingly elliptical tale of writer's block shines.
Barton Fink is a 1991 American film, written, directed, and produced by the Coen brothers. Set in 1941, it stars John Turturro in the title role as a young New York City playwright who is hired to write scripts for a movie studio in Hollywood, and John Goodman as Charlie, the insurance salesman who lives next door at the run-down Hotel Earle.
The Coens wrote the screenplay in three weeks while experiencing difficulty during the writing of another film, Miller's Crossing. Soon after Miller's Crossing was finished, the Coens began filming Barton Fink, which had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May 1991. In a rare sweep, Barton Fink won the Palme d'Or prize, as well as awards for Best Director and Best Actor (Turturro). Although it was celebrated almost universally by critics and nominated for three Academy Awards, the movie grossed only $6,000,000 at the box office – two-thirds of its estimated budget.
The process of writing and the culture of entertainment production are two...