Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Writers: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Stars: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis
Runtime: 116 mins
Plot: A prominent playwright from New York is persuaded to write movies and in the process learns about the diabolical nature of Hollywood.
Review: The character of Fink is different than the rest in a sense that he stands as a character who is a self-absorbed, ingenious writer who was initially unwilling to give up on his egoistic principles yet checks in to a frayed hotel eventually for his assignment and fights his conscience.
John Turturro, who won the Cannes award for best actor that year, is magnificent in the film, but so are Goodman, Mahoney, and Davis; also Jon Polito, who plays Jack Lipnick's character perfectly; David Warrilow, who plays Barton's New York agent Steve Buscemi, and David Warrilow, who plays the Earle's peculiar bellboy. Everybody in the cast deserves special mention.
The movie has all the quintessential traits of Coen brothers. The film is a dark comedy of lurid essence that captures imagination in a queer manner. Every aspect of the film goes perfectly, starting from production design to outstanding cinematography.
Barton Fink” is the winner of a record three prizes at the Cannes Film Festival that year, and is definitely one of the most captivating movies of the year. This film defies genre in every way, however, according to some critics the movie can be best described as a self-portrait work by the Coenn brothers, a whacky film noir that expresses the directors' own separation from Hollywood.