Barton Fink [VHS]
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Set in Hollywood during the 1940's, "Barton Fink" is a comic satire about creative egos, flashy moguls, a travelling salesman and a nasty case of writer's block. Barton Fink (John Turturro) is a New York playwright lured to Hollywood to work as a screenwriter. It doesn't take long for Barton's life to erupt in complete chaos. His studio boss orders the serious-minded Barton to write a low budget wrestling movie. Deeply disappointed, Barton returns to his seedy hotel, types one sentence and then¿ nothing. To make matters worse, he is continually interrupted by Charlie (John Goodman), a chatty travelling insurance salesman who lives next door. Eventually they become friends and Charlie tries to help Barton by teaching him the finer points of wrestling. As the clock ticks away and the temperature climbs, Barton becomes more desperate as his life spins out of control.
A darkly comic ride, this intense and original 1991 offering from the Coen brothers (Fargo, Blood Simple) gleefully attacks the Hollywood system and those who seek to sell out to it, portraying the writer's suffering as a loony vision of hell. John Turturro (Miller's Crossing, Jungle Fever) plays the title character, a pretentious left-wing writer from New York City who is brought to 1930s Hollywood to write a script for a wrestling movie for palooka actor Wallace Beery. Fink thinks the job is beneath him, but his desire for acceptance gets the better of him, and he suddenly finds himself holed up in a fleabag hotel in Los Angeles, where he is almost immediately afflicted with writer's block. Various distractions begin to enter his life, first in the form of a famous southern writer (John Mahoney) whom Fink idolizes, and then his neighbor in the hotel, a seemingly amiable salesman played by John Goodman (Sea of Love, Raising Arizona). The writer turns out to be a self-loathing drunk whose secretary (Judy Davis) is the one actually doing the writing. And the neighbor, the working-class hero who Fink made his reputation writing about, may have a horrifying secret of his own. Equal parts social commentary and hilarious farce, and winner of the Best Picture, Actor, and Director prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, Barton Fink is a visionary and original comic masterpiece not to be missed. --Robert Lane
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Picture quality varies throughout. Heavy grain texture at times (especially the dark interior shots, of which there are many) but it kind of fits the style of the film (1940s Hollywood).
Overall, a big improvement over the dvd picture quality, but deserves better treatment as a blu-ray release.
One of the Coen bros. very best films.
This particular Blu-ray transfer however is very disappointing. Right in the opening couple minutes, you are bombarded with a contrasty, grainy mess. Seriously, my laser disc and DVD versions of this movie do it more justice than what is presented here. Hopefully the Coens will step in and set things to right in a future transfer.
Barton Fink is rich in cinematic language communicating much more than just the words you hear the actors and actresses say.
Set during a time when fascists powers were on the rise in parts of the world, the main protagonist is Barton Fink.
Fink starts out as a playwright who enjoys some critical acclaim for his play in New York and as a result, Hollywood comes calling. At first, he's reluctant to "sell out" his belief in representing the common man because he believes he'll be pressured into writing purely for profit, he eventually makes the move...and that's where the action really begins! There are more than a few completely unexpected plot twists and plenty of action at just the right times. What does the picture of the girl sitting on the beach mean to you?
I enjoyed this offbeat, quirky and yet fun film as I got to hang out with a fellow writer, Barton Fink.
I think you'll enjoy it too.
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This a really great movie and if your a cohen brothers fan you need to see this, but you dont need this blu ray. Just stream the movie or get it on dvd, or wait for a better transfer.
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