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Barton Fink July 12, 2009

Posted by nitish krishna in Movies.
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John Turturro as Barton Fink

John Turturro as Barton Fink

Movie : Barton Fink

Director(s) : The Coen Brothers

Starring : John Turturro, John Goodman

This is one extremely wierd film. The Coen brothers wrote this movie to express the difficulties they had with shooting Miller’s Crossing, their gangster epic.

However, this movie by itself is a tremendously remarkable work of art. It is heavy with symbolism and most of the characters and props are representative of emotions or states of mind.

The main crux of the movie is the struggle of Barton Fink (played by Turturro), a celebrated Broadway playwrigth to write a movie in Hollywood. His first assignment is two write a wrestling movie.

Coming from a background of elite writing, he suffers from writers block and tries to get some inspiration from his buddy and neighbour Charlie Meadows. Both of them live in the eerie Hotel Earle which again is a symbol for lonliness and disparity.

This movie is very metaphorical so don’t expect a straightforward story with a straight-forward ending. There are some movies which try to be good by being wierd, like the works of David Lynch. This movie achieves nothing, which maybe what it is supposed to do. It feels like a dream you have when you eat a very heavy meal before you sleep.

At the end of it you don’t know if what you saw was stupid, smart or just absurd.

WATCH THIS MOVIE IF : You want a taste of what “Art” cinema is like. This movie won multiple awards at Cannes. I would also recommend Pink Floyd The Wall if you like this.

DON’T WATCH THIS FILM IF : You want a straightforward story and don’t like thinking while watching a movie.

Warning : Some violence