Barton Fink


(out of 5)

In this highly stylized Coen Brothers comedy, plays a Broadway playwright who is brought out to Hollywood to write films. Initially thrilled at the prospect of changing media and bringing his intense story lines to the world of cinema, he ends up realizing that his dreams are all for naught when up against the packaged-deal mentality of the studio’s maniacal boss ( doing a terrific Louis B. Mayer impersonation). Also starring , this film features delightful performances, gorgeous cinematography, beautiful sets and costumes, and very little substance. However, it is enjoyable and intelligent, even though it is far from the Coens’ best.


USA/United Kingdom, 1991

Directed by

Screenplay by Joel Coen,

Cinematography by

Produced by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Academy Awards 1991

Cannes Film Festival 1991

Golden Globe Awards 1991

New York Film Critics Awards 1991.

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