This film was last shown on 11 January 2017
Set in 1941, John Turturro is Barton Fink, left-wing
playwright from New York who has just released his first play on Broadway to
critical acclaim. Fink is soon called to work for the head of Hollywood studio
Capitol Pictures, Jack Lipnick (played brilliantly by Michael Learner), to
produce scripts for a thousand dollars a week. Checking into a room at the
Hotel Earle, writer’s block soon hits Fink and he finds himself unable to get
past the first few lines of script, continually distracted by various noises
and a particularly tenacious mosquito. The film takes a series of thoroughly
Coenesque turns, leaving Fink left to the mercy of Hollywood.
Barton Fink is a
biting satire of what the playwright deems to be the inane and exploitative
nature of Hollywood set against the high culture of Broadway: the latter of
which Fink sees as his way to reach out to “The Common Man”. An absolute
classic Palm d’Or winner from the Coen Brothers.
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