Barton Fink (1991)

The Coen brothers have made heaps of films since this most acclaimed art house film came out. Barton Fink is even characterized as an anti-type story on every level which, when done by master filmmakers becomes an instant classic.

When Barton Fink is charged with writing a money making wrestling movie for a hollywood studio after moderate stage success back in New York, he experiences writing block. Between the severe heat, a pesky hotel neighbour and difficult to read studio executives, Fink can barely get an opening line typed out. 

But the film is much more than a comedy about a self-absorbed writer, it's about story-telling and representing others. The role of authors carries an enormous burden to retell the plight of one part of society, but to tell it after listening to them.

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