Barton Fink

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Released 1991

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Director:
Joel Coen
Released:
1991
Rating:
R

Barton Fink is a highly acclaimed drama comedy from the fertile and irreverent mind of the infamous Coen Brothers, whose other popular works include Fargo, The Big Lebowski , O'Brother Where Art Thou, Raising Arizona, Miller's Crossing, No Country For Old Men, Blood Simple, A Serious Man, The Hudsucker Proxy, Intolerable Cruelty, Burn After Reading and The Ladykillers. In the film, Barton Fink (John Turturro, Transformers, To Live and Die in LA) was a superstar in New York as a playwright so Hollywood snapped him up and put him under contract, despite his gut feeling that this would be selling out his artistic vision regarding writing about the common man. Barton might have been correct to doubt this big break, as he gets a nasty case of writers block immediately. Still there is hope. He meets a writer he admires. His hotel neighbor is an insurance salesman aka an "everyman" aka what he feels he writes about the best. Surely they'll help him overcome his issues. Or will they?

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  • 100

    The New York Times

    An unqualified winner. Here is a fine dark comedy of flamboyant style and immense though seemingly effortless techniqe...It's an exhilarating original. [21 Aug 1991]

  • 90

    Variety

    Scene after scene is filled with a ferocious strength and humor. Michael Lerner's performance as a Mayer-like studio overlord is sensational.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    A black comedy in the tradition of David Lynch, Luis Bunuel and the Coens themselves...an assured piece of comic filmmaking.

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    Comedy, Drama

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    Dark Comedy, Showbiz, Independent