‘I’ll show you the life of the mind!’
Such is the allure of watching engrossing and dynamic characters like those in Barton Fink, the Coen Brothers 1991 cinematic gem, that if I had my time all over again I would focus every ounce of my efforts on screenwriting. IMDB states, Barton Fink is ‘a renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood‘. It may be little a dark for some tastes, but as black comedy goes this is the blackest and the most biting there is.
This morning, I finished viewing Barton for the second time and I recognised how the Coen Brothers’ writing in this picture is mostly that of irony, like Kaufman in ‘Adaptation. They seem to be writing mainly about themselves in the act of writing, with the fears, trappings, conjecture and allurement of their art in Hollywood…
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