Barton Fink script
Barton Fink (1991)
Synopsis: Set in 1941, an intellectual New York playwright Barton Fink (John Turturro) accepts an offer to write movie scripts in L.A. He finds himself with writer's block when required to do a B-movie script. His neighbor tries to help, but he continues to struggle as a bizarre sequence of events distracts him.


Barton, Barton, so glad you could make it. You know

Richard St. Claire...

Barton nods and looks at the woman.

...and Poppy Carnahan. We're drinking champagne,

dear boy, in honor of the occasion. Have you seen

the Herald?

Barton looks sullenly at his champagne glass as the fat man fills it.


Not yet.


Well, I don't want to embarass you but Caven could

hardly contain himself. But more important, Richard and

Poppy here loved the play.


Loved it! What power!


Yeah, it was a corker.


Thanks, Richard, but I know for a fact the only fish

you've ever seen were tacked to a the wall of the yacht





Bravo! Nevertheless, we were all devastated.


Weeping! Copius tears! What did the Herald say?


I happen to have it with me.


Please Derek -


Do read it, do!


"Bare Ruined Choirs: Triumph of the Common Man. The

star of the Bare Ruined Choirs was not seen on the stage

of the Belasco last night - though the thespians involved

all acquitted themselves admirably. The find of the evening

was the author of this drama about simple folk - fish

mongers, in fact - whose brute struggle for existence

cannot quite quell their longing for something higher. The

playwright finds nobility in the most squalid corners and

poetry in the most calloused speech. A tough new voice in

the American theater has arrived, and the owner of that

voice is named . . . Barton Fink."


They'll be wrapping fish in it in the morning so I guess

it's not a total waste.




Well we can enjoy your success, Barton, even if you can't.

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Joel Coen

Joel Coen was born on November 29, 1954 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Joel Daniel Coen. He is a producer and writer, known for No Country for Old Men (2007), The Big Lebowski (1998) and Fargo (1996). He has been married to Frances McDormand since April 1, 1984. They have one child. more…

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