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Barton Fink [Blu-ray]

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  • Region B Europe/Australia (info)
  • BARTON FINK is the Coen brothers' apocalyptic masterpiece about the creative process. John Turturro stars as the title character, an idealistic young man with an ERASERHEAD-like do who believes that writing should be about the living truth, revealing the hopes, the dreams, the tragedies of the common man. When Hollywood comes calling for him to write a wrestling picture for Wallace Beery, Fink suddenly finds himself in Los Angeles with a severe case of writer's block, unable to combine his deep-seated ethics with Hollywood's desire to just make a buck. Fast-talking mogul Jack Lipnick (a terrific Michael Lerner) sets Barton up at the Hotel Earle, where the writer meets up with Charlie Meadows (John Goodman), a traveling insurance salesman who is ready to fill Barton's head with tales of the common man--but Fink is too busy espousing his defense of the common man to actually listen to him. So Barton seeks to find the answers in W.P. Mayhew (John Mahoney), a Faulkneresque novelist who has sacrificed his morals for the B-pictures and the bottle. When the disillusioned Fink finds himself part of a murder investigation, all hell breaks loose. Joel and Ethan Coen's BARTON FINK is a multilayered, complex psychological study of the creative mind that is as frightening and bizarre as it is hysterically funny.

    Cannes Palme d'Or 1991
    Cannes Best Actor 1991 John Turturro American Actor/Director, BARTON FINK (1991)
    Cannes Best Director 1991 Joel Coen American director/screenwriter/producer

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  • Credits
    John Goodman, John Turturro, Michael Lerner, Judy Davis, Steve Buscemi, Jon Polito, John Mahoney
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[The Coens] are filmmakers of considerable ability. Their scripts are invariably clever and bemused, with a wised-up quality all their own..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Partly hilarious, partly horrific, totally mesmerizing..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...The Coens share with Lynch an ability to find brilliant aural and tactile devices to suggest a world gone awry..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...Surreal and sometimes sublime..."
    USA Today

    5 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s a dark-hearted love letter to golden-age Hollywood it's hard to beat....One of the brother's bleakest masterpieces."
    Total Film

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