Barton Fink (Coen Brothers) – A Screenplay Masterpiece

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FinkSuch 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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“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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8 comments on “Barton Fink (Coen Brothers) – A Screenplay Masterpiece
  1. badfinger20 says:

    Another I have to watch… My son has seen this and wants me to watch it.

    • Put it high up on your to watch list. Your son has good tastes. Haha

      • badfinger20 says:

        I will tell you…he really loves film. Stop me if I told you already…he is going to college in August for Video/Film production.
        You got us on a Woody Allen kick… We have watched in the past week and a half… Zelig, Love and Death, Manhattan,Midnight in Paris, and Sleeper again.

      • Yes, I think you might have mentioned it. But it is worth the reminder given his great passion is movies.
        Wow you guys have been a real ‘Woody’ bender. Super!

      • badfinger20 says:

        Even watched some Dick Cavett interviews with him. Watching Stardust Memories tonight…I’ve seen it before but it was a long time ago.
        He is really into it…plus I don’t mind at all.

      • Enjoy Stardust memories. I need to see lots more of his movies.

  2. hanspostcard says:

    I enjoyed that movie back when it was released- should watch it again. Good one!

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