1991. USA. Joel Coen. 116 min.
Monday, August 25, 2008, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1991. USA. Directed by Joel Coen. Screenplay by Joel Coen, Ethan Coen. Music by Carter Burwell. Cinematography by Roger Deakins. Editing by Roderick Jaynes. Casting by Donna Isaacson, John Lyons. Production design by Dennis Gassner. Costume design by Richard Hornung. Supervising sound editing by Skip Lievsay. With John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Jon Polito, Steve Buscemi. A liberal New York playwright travels to Hollywood to write a wrestling screenplay for the actor Wallace Beery. The film starts off as a light satire on the movie industry, but soon takes a decidedly dark turn toward the bizarre. Barton Fink won the Best Film, Best Direction, and Best Performance (for Turturro) awards at the Cannes Film Festival, the first time a single film had swept those categories. The film stars such Coen regulars as Turturro and Goodman, and features the work of production designer Gassner, who displays in Barton Fink some of the Art Deco touches that would be fully realized in the next Coen film, The Hudsucker Proxy. 116 min.