Friday, April 29, 2016

Barton Fink (1991)

Cannes Film Festival 1991

Best Actor
John Turturro
Best Director
Joel Coen
Palme d'Or
Joel Coen

Twentieth Century-Fox Film
Directed by Joel Coen
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Fox)

Playwright John Turturro, fresh off a Broadway success, accepts an offer from a Hollywood producer to become a contract writer. He develops a case of writer's block while holed up in a run down hotel. He befriends neighbor John Goodman, an insurance salesman, and fellow writer John Mahoney. He falls for Mahoney's girlfriend, but when she turns up dead in his hotel room he begins to suspect Goodman is not all he appears. Strange, fascinating tale set in early Hollywood, with the usual Coen brothers penchant for odd characters.

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