Barton Fink

Year: 1991
Production Co: Circle Films
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Joel Coen
Producer: Joel Coen/Ethan Coen
Writer: Ethan Coen
Cast: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, John Polito, Steve Buscemi, John Mahoney, Tony Shalhoub

The Coens became more mainstream as their career progressed, with their Oscar-worthy No Country For Old Men was a world away from this Lynchian head-trip. The tale of neurotic, New York playwright Barton (Turturro) who moves to Los Angeles to work on a screenplay is slow, black and weird as he finds an assortment of strange characters and goings-on in his hotel.

Diehard Coen fans will love it, but it's their most abstract and least funny, a blend of off-the-wall characterisations and a strange tangle of relationships and circumstances that don't really go anywhere.

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