A Viewer’s Guide to Barton Fink

by David S. Cowen


Barton Fink is a movie with complex symbolism, plot twists, hidden meanings, and a helluvalot of funny jokes. If you haven’t seen Barton Fink, or if you have only watched this once, this coming discussion will make the Barton Fink feeling much less exciting. So don’t read it if you haven’t seen it, OK? Much of Barton Fink can be explained by looking at the wallpaper. Yeah, the wallpaper. From the opening and closing credits, showing the wallpaper in its splendid beige beauty, it is one of the more important symbolic elements in the film.

1. So why does the wallpaper peel?

This is, for all intensive purposes, a symbolic joke. Both Barton and Charlie Meadows emotional states are represented by two of the elements: water and fire. The first time we catch wind of this (pun intended), Barton is entering the Hotel Earle.

The people expect the movies to be funny and full of entertainment because every one of us spends money only to relax from the stress and life pressure and so the film directors should never forget to impress the viewers. We can even read this review about the film and decide whether to watch it or not.

We see a shot of waves crashing against a large rock…and the water dissolves into the floor of the Hotel Earle, as though the brown carpeting were sand. Throughout the film, Barton looks at the picture of the girl — sitting by the water, and crashing waves come up in the soundtrack. Plus, the movie ends at the shoreline.

Charlie’s emotional fire symbology is a bit more apparent. It gets hotter and hotter all through the film as Charlie’s temper rises. At the high point of his anger, literally, flames erupt behind him. The man sweats — it’s HOT…water is purged from his body.

We know there are pipes behind the walls. This is one of the most important threads in the film — early on, when Charlie is talking about hearing the lovemaking couple Barton hears earlier, Barton leaves the room. Charlie cringes in sadness, and says “Seem like I hear everything in this dump. Must be the pipes or something.” When Barton comes back in, Charlie quickly hides his anger at having to be subjected to the sounds of lovemaking.

Later, Charlie hears lovemaking again. Barton starts yelling about W.P. Mayhew when Audrey comes over — which would have to wake up Charlie. When Audrey and Barton roll onto the bed (with a hilarious reference to the old film code that in a lovemaking scene, a man had to have at least one of his feet on the floor), the camera pans over and enters the bathroom. The sounds of Barton and Audrey are echoed by the pipe… the sound has carried over into the now-awake Charlie’s room.

When cold _water_ is carried through pipes in _hot_ weather, condensation forms on pipes — we all know that. If the pipe is directly behind wallpaper, the sweaty condensation gets through the wall into the wallpaper’s glue, loosens the glue, and the wallpaper peels. What a dump.

2. Why does Charlie kill?

Hotel Earle is hell — literally and figuratively. Water dissolves in it, Chet comes up from the underworld, the letter 6 is repeated in triplicate when Barton boards the elevator. “A day or a lifetime,” the stationary reads (notice, the pencil on the stationary has no lead. Not a good place to start writing, eh?)

Charlie Meadows is the hotel’s resident fallen angel. And I don’t use “fallen angel” in a sense of referring to big Satan himself, Charlie truly is a fallen angel in all senses of the word. All Charlie wants to do is help people, wants to keep people out of hell, keep them from the ways he feels. Notice, the man sells FIRE insurance. And hell yeah, he believes in it.

Most of the early parts of the film are spent with Charlie trying to help Barton. Despite being annoyed at Bartons noise complaint, Barton’s fake sympathy (“I thought you might be…in distress.”) makes Charlie think he might be an OK guy, that Barton could help fill some of the loneliness in his life. So, Charlie pines to be Barton’s muse. “I could tell ya some stories!” he says, offing to give Barton inspiration. Charlie demonstrates wrestling to Barton, seeing that Barton didn’t have a clue. “I’m not a mad man, Bart…I’m not mad at anyone. I just try to help people out. I just wish they’d do the same for me.”

And this doesn’t happen. Barton ignores Charlie, instead ranting about modern theatre, interrupting him any time he’s going to tell Barton something useful. Charlie gets ignored by everyone, or everyone is a hostile force in his life. “Opportunities galore,” he says, talking about his sexual exploits — but you know this isn’t true. The same housewives he talks about there are found murdered by the end of the film. Any sort of emotional contact with a woman is blocked by his weight (“that’s my cross to bear”), despite the fact that he has an interesting, lively personality. When he hears the “lovebirds” down the hall, this brings out a crushing pain in him about what he’ll never have.

But what brings out a worse pain is the night Barton and Audrey make love. Coupled with the pain of hearing the lovemaking, Charlie feels that Barton has abandoned him as his muse — Barton has instead chose Audrey as his muse, even though Charlie has a better, more genuine idea of what happens in a wrestling pictures.

In the end of the film, the way Charlie confronts Barton with this is brilliant. When Barton asks him why he killed Audrey, Charlie erupts “Because YOU DON’T LISTEN!” and the pus oozes out of his ear. In a way, this symbolizes graphically a sexual release for Charlie (much like killing Sport is a sexual release for Travis Bickle, in Taxi Driver). The wallpaper glue also probably represents sexual fluids. Charlie has given up hope. He’s trapped in hell for no reason, because all he’s ever tried to do was good, and gotten shit on. So he kills, to release the pain.

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Blood Simple

A rich but jealous man hires a private investigator to kill his cheating wife and her new man. But, when blood is involved, nothing is simple.
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Raising Arizona

When a childless couple of an ex-con and an ex-cop decide to help themselves to one of another family’s quintupelets, their lives get more complicated than they anticipated.
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Miller’s Crossing

Tom Reagan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
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Barton Fink

In 1941, New York intellectual playwright Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer’s block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task.
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The Hudsucker Proxy

A naive business graduate is installed as president of a manufacturing company as part of a stock scam.
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The Big Lebowski

“Dude” Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.
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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Three stumblebum convicts escape to go on a quest for treasure and meet various characters while learning where their real fortune lies set in 1930s Deep South.
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The Man Who Wasn’t There

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A Serious Man

Things start to unravel for Larry Gopnik. His wife, Judith, may be having an affair and wants a divorce. His brother, Arthur, lives with them because he is emotionally and financially incapable of living on his own.

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Trailer for FX’s Fargo Series

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Billy Bob Thornton appears in this first trailer for the Coen Brother's executive produced FX Series.  Coming April 15th

Fargo on Blu-Ray

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Fargo is the 3rd Coen Brothers film to be released on Blu-Ray to date.  Not much new in the way of special features but who can resist a little 1080P action especially with Roger Deakins behind the camera.  It is available now, check it out on Amazon.

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No Cannes for Coens

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It looks as though A Serious Man will not be ready in time for Cannes in May.  Various reports are saying that Joel and Ethan will not be taking their latest film to the Festival that has treated them so well in the past.

It is quite disappointing for the fans as the most expected film of the recent time is not completely ready to be screened at the most prestigious film festival. It is a matter of pride to be a part of the Cannes festival. View this recommended site for latest updates.

Of the Coen Brothers films 8 of 13 went to Cannes.  No Country for Old men, The Ladykillers, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Fargo, The Hudsucker Proxy, Barton Fink, Raising Arizona all appeared at the most respected of film festivals.

bartonfink01 The Man Who Wasn’t There earned them the best director award in 2001.  Best Director was won again in 1996 with Fargo.  In 1991 Barton Fink turned in the best results with 3 wins.  The Palm d’Or the most prestigious prize, Best Director, and Best Actor for John Turturro.

With results like that it’s a shame they won’t make it back with A Serious Man. Maybe they’ll be at the Toronto film festival in September which is closer to the release date of October 2nd.

The Big Lebowski

Jeff Bridges charactor is refered to as “The Dude” as apposed to just “Dude.” Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski is stuck in the 60’s according to Bridges. The Dude is beaten up by two gangsters when he is mistaken for a wealthy civic leader of the same name whose wife owes money all over L.A.

Stop a second before you read further.  Do you want to know certain interesting movie facts?  Read on the full report given below:

  1. The costliest ever movie taken is ‘The Pirates of the Caribbean -on stranger tides (2011). The total budget was approximately around 379 million USD.
  2. The movie which received maximum collection around the globe is Avatar. It overtook Titanic nearly .500 million USD.
  3. Avenger- Infinity War- has the largest cast crew used in a movie.
  4. An actor who played a supporting role was paid over 1000 times than lead actress in the movie ‘All the money in the world’.
  5. 90% of the Americal classical movies are lost to time. No copies exist for these.
  6. The movie ‘Paranormal activity’ costed a meager budget of 15000USD. But the collections were 193,000,000 USD.
  7. They had to minimize the speed of motion for Bruce Lee movies. His movements were so fast that people would not be able to watch these when played at normal speed.
  8. In the movie ‘Godzilla’(2014) the main character Godzilla appears for less than ten minutes in the total movie.
  9. Charlie Chaplin was awarded the Oscar. He received 12-minute standing ovation.  This is the largest in the history of Oscar.
  10. Research on Academy award speeches reveals the fact that people have thanked Steven Spielberg number of times than thanking God.
  11. Few movies like ‘Armageddon’, ‘Apollo 13’ and ‘Around the world in 80 days’ are on the list that is kept in NASA space station for the entertainment of the space researchers.
  12. Many stars were rejected during their early days of opportunity hunt. For example, Tom Cruise, Marlin Monroe, Jackie Chan.
  13. Nearly 500 couples have named their daughters as ‘Hermione’ after the release of Harry potter-Part I.
  14. Research has proven that watching horror movies increases the appreciation sense while watching abstract art.

Back to the Big Lebowski story.

His bowling-team buddy (John Goodman) soon convinces him that he should be compensated, setting off a chain of events including a complex kidnapping plot


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It is upon us, unprepared as always. For those of you in the chosen cities you’ll be seeing No Country For Old Men this Friday. I’ll be at the dentist. Hope you all enjoy.


  1. Anonymous

    i hardly ever go to the theater but this film was worth the 11 dollars. i commend the bros. for making a compelling movie. and mr mcarthy for the incredible writing. this is proof that hollywood can make a movie that uses violence to make a point. i dont have the faculties to make a poignant interpretation of the underlying meanings but rest as sure i will be pondering it.

  2. Koby Feldman

    Since you seem to be the top Coen Brothers site, I was hoping you could help me out. I’ve heard rumors that the Coen Brothers are planning on filming A Serious Man in their hometown of St. Louis Park, and are going to be looking for local people to be in the movie. I’m an actor, who has lived in St. Louis Park since I was 14. Do you know anything abotu this? You can e-mail me at KobyNumber9@hotmail.com

  3. Cent

    I’m writing from .Cent Magazine in London where No Country for Old Men will soon be out. To mark the occasion I am putting together a piece on the Coen brothers and as part of this I am looking for fans to write reviews of their favourite Coen movies, tracking the boys career through the voices of the fans. If you want to write for an international art and style magazine then drop me an email on dan@centmagazine.co.uk.


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  4. Mouths Of Dogs

    If you love this movie as much as the band Mouths Of Dogs did, you’ll love the song inspired by the movie, come listen to Dutchboy… I dare you.


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  5. Kris Law

    The movie is yet another feather in the caps of Ethan and Joel. What an incredible screenplay! The plot is super interesting and the way the things unwind and the background music is phenomenal. The cast and crew add strength to the film. Check the original source with for the tickets.

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  6. Juanita’s Journal

    Congratulations to Ethan and Joel Coen for winning Best Director and Best Picture.

  7. fernando

    spanish citizen
    coen´s at its best
    a metaphor of the violent country you got there
    besides, stunnign performance of spanish actor bardem
    you should watch all coen´s and bardem´s films
    excuse my shitty english
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Inside Llewyn Davis

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Joel and Ethan’s next directorial effort is “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

What do you think the storyline would be? This time Ethan and Joel are doing a biopic. Film making is so easy and effortless for the winning directors. So their very first biopic is already building the excitement among his fans. Get ready to experience the life of this iconic singer!

The story of a singer songwriter in the 1960’s New York Folk music scene.   It is loosely based on Dave Van Ronk’s posthumously published memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street. It stars Oscar Isaac as Llewyn, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, and F. Murray Abraham.  Here is the first official trailer.

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O Brother, Where Art Thou?

George Clooney stars along with John Turturro, John Goodman, and Holly Hunter. The comedy follows three chaingang escapees on a mystical, musical journey through 1930s Mississippi.

This movie is adapted on a book.

Do you want to know the best movies which were created based on books?

  1. Forrest Gump- This movie was based on the novel with the same title written by Winston Groom. The soundtrack of the movie sold over 12 million copies. The plot is centered around an innocent man Forrest Gump who joins the army during the Vietnam war.  The movie is based on his achievements and love.
  2. The Godfather- Detailed story about the life and family of a Don is a favorite across ages till date.
  3. To Kill a Mocking bird – It is based on a story about a young black man who is falsely accused of raping a white woman. People try preventing an attorney who takes up the case for providing the defense to the black man.
  4. The silence of the lambs- This movie created a sensational wave. It is based on the horror story of a cannibal serial killer and a former psychiatrist who tries to resolve the case.
  5. Schindler’s List: It is the story of a German businessman who saves the lives of Polish-Jewish refugees by employing them in his factories.
  6. Harry Potter series: Nearly seven parts of the famous children’s novel was made into movies.  One can enjoy and appreciate the challenge of maintaining a huge cast crew and their physical changes while watching the sequels.
  7. Lord of the Rings: The movie is based on novels written in stages from the year 1937 to 1949. The story is based on an evil ring created by a dark lord.  The wearer of the ring would be the ruler of all.  Humans and elves join hands to destroy the ring.  But the ring moves on hands.

Watching classics and movies based on adaptations gives a very good feeling to the viewer.  If you want to learn more about such good movies, you can try here, on this website.  This site provides excellent information on movies.  These movies transport the viewer to a new world.  Especially period movies takes one back to historical days (or) revives childhood memories.  Back to  ‘O Brother’.

Though the plot is based on Homer’s Odyssey, the title refers to the socially conscious film that the Hollywood director in Preston Sturges’s 1941 satire Sullivan’s Travels wants to make.

Barton Fink

The DVD was finally released on May 20th, 2003 buy it below! One of the strangest movies I’ve ever seen. John Goodman is great as the insurance salesman from hell. I’ve discovered a great guide that spells out every little symbolism. Link to it below in the viewer’s guide.

Here goes the Summary

Barton Fink, the hero of the story plays the role of a scriptwriter who gets chance to the playwright for Hollywood films. He heartily welcomes the offer so that he could decently earn from this Crypto Code and for this, he shifts to Earle hotel so that he could peacefully work on his job. However, the place looks strange even though he could not find any mysterious works at a glance.

Gradually, he gets irritated by the each and everything like the noisy neighbors, unusual insect sound, bites and so on. Even he gets hold by the sight of a picture hanged in his room that portraits a lady on the beach. So, he could hear crashing waves when there is complete silence at the hotel place. In addition, he could not even recollect any starting lines of his work. Also, there are many such fishy situations like a man’s loud laughter and crying which he could not tolerate anymore. He complains all these to his own boss, Jack Lipnick.

Further, Lipnick decides that Fink would write on a movie script based on boxing but this makes Fink unhappy and he seems to be completely lost in the world happening around him. The associates of the Universal Pictures for which Fink is working try to motivate him by forcing him to watch such movie types but fails with his attitude.

After so much of things happen there, he was able to finish up with the script that is handed over to Lipnick. In fact, Lipnick does not like the story and that would not earn him any good reviews or awards. However, Fink is all like paralyzed in his face and never left a sign to fight back Lipnick’s words.

The conclusion plot is like Fink happens to meet the girl whom he identifies as that in the picture hanged in his room. The credits roll as they try to coordinate this situation.

Synopsis In 1941, New York intellectual playwrite Barton Fink comes to Hollywood to write a Wallace Beery wrestling picture. Staying in the eerie Hotel Earle, Barton develops severe writer’s block. His neighbor, jovial insurance salesman Charlie Meadows, tries to help, but Barton continues to struggleas a bizarre sequence of events distracts him even further from his task. Did you know? In Miller’s Crossing Turturro met Gabriel Byrne’s charactor at his apartment building called “The Barton Arms.”

The Hudsucker Proxy


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When Waring Hudsucker, head of hugely successful Hudsucker Industries, commits suicide. His board of directors, led by Sidney Mussberger, comes up with a brilliant plan to make a lot of money: appoint a moron to run the company. When the stock falls low enough, Sidney and friends can buy it up for pennies on the dollar, take over the company, and restore its fortunes. They choose idealistic Norville Barnes, who just started in the mail room. Norville is whacky enough to drive any company to ruin, but soon, tough reporter Amy Archer smells a rat and begins an undercover investigation of Hudsucker Industries.

The viewer of movies are the real critics.  They expect more from movies based on real incidents.  The challenges normally faced by movie makers while creating a movie based on real life are:

  1. Finding the cast who resemble the real-life characters.
  2. Creating the settings similar to the ones in which the real incident took place.
  3. Presenting the story in a creative way with twists. Since people know the plot in advance, the story has to be presented in a new way.


It is similar to recreating everything in a similar way.  Working from scratch to create this is challenging.  While creating a movie based on imagination, there is scope for simplifying or altering things.  If you are an ardent movie watcher, learn the facts here now – on movies based on real life.

The Hudsucker Proxy was considered a flop by the mainstream. It cost 25 million to make and only made 3 million here in the US. The reason the budget was so large was because it called for alot of expensive things, duh. Like the sets they were huge and had to be built from scratch. It also had more special effects than any other of their films. The part where Norville jumps off the building that was all done by ILM. It was the largest budget they’ve ever worked with. They’d have to wait for Fargo to enjoy widespread success! Winona Rider said the one movie she really wanted but didn’t get was The Hudsucker Proxy. She adores the Coen’s work and really wanted the part played by Jennifer Jason Leigh. Do you think she would’ve been good? I don’t. If you look hard you can see HI in Raising Arizona wearing a Hudsucker Industries work suit.

No Country for Old Men

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is a mesmerizing new thriller from Academy Award®-winning filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, based on the acclaimed novel by Pulitzer Prize-winning American master, Cormac McCarthy. The time is our own, when rustlers have given way to drug-runners and small towns have become free-fire zones. Featuring a cast that includes Academy Award®-winner Tommy Lee Jones (THE FUGITIVE, MEN IN BLACK), Josh Brolin (GRINDHOUSE), Academy Award®-nominee Javier Bardem (THE SEA INSIDE), Academy Award®-nominee Woody Harrelson (THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT) and Kelly Macdonald (TRAINSPOTTING), NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN is written for the screen and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, produced by Scott Rudin, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, and executive produced by Robert Graf and Mark Roybal.

A movie can be based on various plots -Horror, comedy, romance etc.  Sometimes these are imaginary stories.  Sometimes these are based on true incidents.  Do not restrict yourself to only watching a particular type of movies.  You will lose the pleasure of watching the other types.  Movies based on wars and horrors strengthen our mind.  These prepare us to face adversities in life.  By watching these movies, you will start finding positivity in real life troubles.

Also, people love watching only the latest movies.  It is not desirable to totally ignore yester-year movies.  It would be very interesting to watch how people managed to live in years when there was no internet, mobile phones, video games etc.  You would be surprised how simple and primitive life was even ten years before.  You can get lots of inspiration from them.  You can feel how people were thinking fifteen years before. Why not try these out.  It will open your mindset.  While choosing a movie ignore the year it is made.  Let it be a short film or a full movie.

Back to ‘No Country for Old Men’.

The story begins when Llewelyn Moss (BROLIN) finds a pickup truck surrounded by a sentry of dead men. A load of heroin and two million dollars in cash are still in the back. When Moss takes the money, he sets off a chain reaction of catastrophic violence that not even the law – in the person of aging, disillusioned Sheriff Bell (JONES) – can contain. As Moss tries to evade his pursuers – in particular a mysterious mastermind who flips coins for human lives (BARDEM) – the film simultaneously strips down the American crime drama and broadens its concerns to encompass themes as ancient as the Bible, and as bloodily contemporary as this morning’s headlines.