Barton Fink

The Coen Brothers

Barton Fink is an often overlooked and mostly underrated gem, created by the exceptionally talented Coen Brothers. This 1991 film swept the Cannes that year — John Turturro won the award for Best Actor, Joel Coen was chosen Best Director and was also the unanimous choice for the Golden Palm. This film, on its surface, depicts the struggle of an intellectual playwright Barton Fink, in Hollywood. But it is layered with profound metaphors, and at a deeply allegorical level, offers an insight into the life and working of a creative mind. Being open to varied interpretations and new perspectives, Barton Fink provides an immensely satisfying experience even with repeated viewings.