Barton Fink

Barton Fink

Directed and Produced by Joel and Ethan Coen

Production Budget:


Total Lifetime Grosses

Domestic:  $6,153,939

Release Date: August 23, 1991

The Coen brothers got writers block while working on the script for ‘Miller’s Crossing’. What did they do? They turned it around and wrote a script about a successful New York playwright who gets writers block, while working on the script for a Wallace Berry wrestling picture. John Turturro plays Barton Fink.

The whole film has a very weird feel about it. The sound is strange and un-nerving. Everything is amplified into hyper-reality. You can hear the wall paper peeling off in the L.A. heat.

Barton is a self-acclaimed writer for the common man. He finds the epitome of a common man living next door to him in the form of John Goodman’s talkative travelling salesman, who turns out to be a serial killer whose trademark is beheading his victims. This kind of revelation seems to make the statement that “there is nothing common about the ‘common’ man”. The common man doesn’t really exist.

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