Part of our month-long Coen Brothers celebration! Donâ€™t miss this opportunity to experience a sampling of the Coensâ€™ best films the way they were meant to be seen â€“ on the big screen â€“ at The Big Coen Brothers Retrospective, all throughout September at The Loft! Click here to see the series line-up.
â€śPartly hilarious, partly horrific, totally mesmerizing.â€ť â€“ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
In this â€śwriterâ€™s nightmareâ€ť set in the non-so-Golden Age of Hollywood, the Coen Brothers channel the spirit of David Lynch to create a wholly unique and strangely unsettling tale of one manâ€™s increasingly freaky case of writerâ€™s block. In 1941, New York intellectual playwright and â€śchampion of the common manâ€ť Barton Fink (John Turturro) moves to La La Land and tries his luck writing for the Hollywood studios, only to find himself toiling hopelessly on a less-than-artistic wrestling picture for Wallace Beery. Striken with a terrible case of writerâ€™s block, Barton begs others, starting with his novelist hero WP Mayhew (John Mahoney) for help, but to no avail. Perhaps if Barton werenâ€™t so self-involved, he might listen more closely to â€śrealâ€ť common man Charlie Meadows (John Goodman), his neighbor at the seedy Hotel Earle, who â€ścould tell you stories that would make your hair curl.â€ť As Finkâ€™s script doesnâ€™t progress, things just keep getting stranger and stranger as our tortured hero falls further and further down the proverbial rabbit hole. Highly stylized and certifiably mind-bending, Barton Fink went on to win the Palme dâ€™Or, Best Director and Best Actor Awards at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival, thereby launching the Coen Brothersâ€™ international reputation as one of the all-time great American filmmaking duos. (Dir. by Joel Coen, 1991, USA, 116 mins., Rated R) 35mm