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Barton Fink

Réalisé par Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
États-Unis, 1991
Comédie, Drame, Mystère


1941, Barton Fink, jeune auteur engagé, connaît la notoriété grâce à une pièce ayant pour univers la classe prolétarienne.

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Barton Fink Réalisé par Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Prix & Festivals

Festival de Cannes

1991 | 3 prix remportés dont : Palme d'Or

Academy Awards

1992 | 3 nominations dont : Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Although Barton Fink fuses together these and a range of other influences and historical touchstones, including the mercurial fate of celebrated writers like William Faulkner and Clifford Odets in Hollywood (and with whose stories the Coens take supreme, even libellous liberties), it is also a singular and nightmarish fusion of character and environment: a man in a room battling against his inner demons and the oppressive mise en scène of his terrifyingly expressive surroundings.
March 28, 2017
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With hindsight, we can now appreciate BARTON FINK as the first of many Coen films that lean on a deeply-researched milieu, only to turn around and gleefully tarnish that fastidiousness by presenting heavily fictionalized, perhaps libelous, renditions of the real people that inhabited that world. The consistency of this Coen formula should vitiate the usual charge of mere clumsiness or adolescent flippery.
July 08, 2016
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Some of these competing tones work better than others: As Barton’s dead-end hotel becomes a kind of metaphor for his mind, and his relationship with Goodman’s average-guy working stiff feeds his attempts at screenwriting, the film becomes an offbeat portrait of the creative act. But a lot of the ribbing of Hollywood falls flat, and the out-of-left-field finale — while notable for its sheer, hellish WTF-ery — is so odd that it reduces the rest of the film’s power.
February 05, 2016
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