History Film / BartonFink

5th Aug '17 8:46:43 PM creader
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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Barton is put through the wringer -- he is left emotionally traumatized from Audrey's murder and Charlie going through a methodical plan to murder he ad everyone he respects/cares about. It's left unclear if Charlie killed Barton's parents and uncle. His script is dismissed by Lipnick who refuses to produce anything Barton until he "grows up a little", meaning Barton can't make with any artistic freedom.]]

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* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Barton is put through the wringer -- he is left emotionally traumatized from Audrey's murder and Charlie going through a methodical plan to murder he ad everyone he respects/cares about. It's left unclear if Charlie killed Barton's parents and uncle. His script is dismissed by Lipnick who refuses to produce anything Barton writes until he "grows up a little", meaning Barton can't make with have any of the artistic freedom.freedom he wanted from the start.]]
31st Jul '17 9:37:17 PM creader
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* ProtagonistTitle
31st Jul '17 9:36:16 PM creader
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* AdultFear: [[spoiler:One of Charlie's last statements to Barton is how his parents and uncle are "good people". It's left unclear if he killed them or not.]]



* AscendedFanboy: Barton meets his writing idol, W.P. Mayhew, but the excitement quickly turns to [[BrokenPedestal disappointment]].



* BrokenPedestal: Barton is disappointed over W.P. Mayhew turning out to be a drunk who wastes his writing talent as well as a DomesticAbuser to Audrey.



* DeadpanSnarker: The two detectives are a ridiculously hostile example
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Audrey, and instantly]].
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The detectives make it plain that they don't like Barton for being Jewish and (as they later incorrectly assume) homosexual.

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* DeadpanSnarker: The two detectives are a ridiculously hostile example
example.
* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Audrey, [[spoiler:Audrey is skilled after having sex with Barton]].
* DeliberateValuesDissonance:
** Lipnick makes antisemitic
and instantly]].
* DeliberateValuesDissonance:
anti-Japanese comments in the film.
**
The detectives make it plain that they don't like Barton for being Jewish and (as they later incorrectly assume) homosexual.



* DomesticAbuser: Mayhew is emotionally and physically abusive to Audrey.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Barton is put through the wringer -- he is left emotionally traumatized from Audrey's murder and Charlie going through a methodical plan to murder he ad everyone he respects/cares about. It's left unclear if Charlie killed Barton's parents and uncle. His script is dismissed by Lipnick who refuses to produce anything Barton until he "grows up a little", meaning Barton can't make with any artistic freedom.]]



* ILied: [[spoiler:Charlie admits to lying about the box being his.]]
* KickTheDog: Lipnick unjustly firing Lou.



* MadnessMantra

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* MadnessMantraMadnessMantra:



* MistakenForGay: The two cops believes that Barton and Charlie have a "sex thing" going on.



* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: W. P. Mayhew, based on William Faulkner. Also Barton himself, who's sort of a WritersSuck version of Clifford Odets.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: NoCelebritiesWereHarmed:
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W. P. Mayhew, based on William Faulkner. Also Barton himself, who's sort of a WritersSuck version of Clifford Odets.



* NoEnding

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* NoEndingNoEnding: [[spoiler:The ending has Barton on a beach in the company of a woman, being unsure if the box is his not.]]



* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain:
** Lipnick is anti-semtic and makes slurs against the Japanese.
** The two cops are anti-gay and antisemitic.
** [[spoiler:Charlie turns out to be a Nazi sympathizer.]]



* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The scene when the detectives meet Barton.]]

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* TheReveal: [[spoiler: The scene when the detectives meet Barton.Barton reveals that Charlie, his friendly neighbor, is a serial killer.]]



* ShaggyDogStory

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* ShaggyDogStoryShaggyDogStory: [[spoiler:Barton's dream of having his creativeness seen in Hollywood pictures is ultimately fruitless.]]



* ThoseTwoGuys: Deutsch and Mastrionotti

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Deutsch and MastrionottiMastrionotti -- the two detectives who show up later in the film.



* VomitDiscretionShot: Subverted; after seeing Audrey's body, Charlie goes to the bathroom to throw up.

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* VomitDiscretionShot: Subverted; after VomitDiscretionShot:
** When Barton first meets Mayhews, the writer is in the bathroom vomiting.
** After
seeing Audrey's body, Charlie goes to the bathroom to throw up.up, but the actual shot is not seen/.


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* WouldHitAGirl:
** Mayhews physically abuses Audrey.
** [[spoiler:Charlie ''killed'' Audrey and other women.]]


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* YourCheatingHeart:
** Charlie mentions having an affair with a married woman while her husband was away. [[spoiler:He also killed her.]]
** Audrey and Mayhews are in a relationship even though the latter is still married.
** [[spoiler:Audrey has sex with Barton even though she's in a relationship with Mayhews.]]
14th Dec '16 6:36:14 PM SalingerFanboy96
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* MagnumOpus: [[invoked]]Fink thinks he's written his at the end of the story. But since he was supposed to be writing a StrictlyFormula wrestling flick, all he achieves is [[spoiler:getting his supervisor fired and himself locked into a contract he's promised will never produce anything he writes.]]

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* MagnumOpus: [[invoked]]Fink thinks he's written his at the end of the story. But since he was supposed to be writing a StrictlyFormula wrestling flick, all he achieves is [[spoiler:getting his supervisor fired and himself locked into a contract he's promised where the studio will never produce anything he writes.]]writes. At least not until he "grows up."]]
13th Dec '16 2:41:40 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* AlasPoorYorick: [[spoiler: A possible case, depending on the contents of the box.]]



* AlasPoorYorick: [[spoiler: A possible case, depending on the contents of the box.]]
* AllThereInTheScript: In his play, ''Bare Ruined Choirs'', Barton's characters are named Lil, Maury, and Dave. According to the original script, these are also the names of his parents and uncle, although in the film, his father's name is Sam.



** Not to mention that it's Barton' s first movie, around the same time as the first for Orson Welles.

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** Not to mention that it's Barton' s first movie, around the same time as the first for Orson Welles.Creator/OrsonWelles.
13th Oct '16 9:49:27 PM Smokey
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* OffWithHisHead: [[The fate of W.P. Mayhew, Audrey, and Mundt's other victims.]]

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* OffWithHisHead: [[The [[spoiler: The fate of W.P. Mayhew, Audrey, and Mundt's other victims.]]
27th Jun '16 11:35:54 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* SerialKiller: Karl "Madman" Mundt [[spoiler:[=AKA=] Charlie Meadows]].

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* SerialKiller: Karl "Madman" Mundt [[spoiler:[=AKA=] Charlie Meadows]].Mundt, and a Nazi sympathizer to boot.



* WhamLine: The very last line of the movie. When Fink calls the woman at the beach very beautiful and asks if she's in pictures, she replies "Don't be silly." This could be interpreted to mean that the best things do not belong in the pictures. That she's ''too'' beautiful for Hollywood and, consequently, that Fink's writing is too good for it. This makes his story arc even more pointless.

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* WhamLine: The very last line of the movie. When Fink calls the woman at the beach very beautiful and asks if she's in pictures, she replies "Don't be silly." This could be interpreted to mean that the best things do not belong in the pictures. That she's ''too'' beautiful for Hollywood and, consequently, that Fink's writing is too good for it. This makes his story arc even Hollywood isn't the shining city on a hill and the ultimate goal of any writer as he saw it, it's a sleazy and uncreative place more pointless.interested in money than art. The woman is better off on the modest beach and Fink would have been better off staying on Broadway.
27th Jun '16 11:28:04 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* DeadpanSnarker: the two detectives are a ridiculously hostile example

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* DeadpanSnarker: the The two detectives are a ridiculously hostile example



* OffWithHisHead: [[The fate of W.P. Mayhew, Audrey, and Mundt's other victims.]]



* SameStoryDifferentNames: in-universe example of Barton Fink's play vs. screenplay:

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* SameStoryDifferentNames: in-universe In-universe example of Barton Fink's play vs. screenplay:



* SerialKiller: Karl "Madman" Mundt [[spoiler:[=AKA=] Charlie Meadows]].



* SurrealHorror: much of what happens in the Hotel Earle has elements of this, especially the peeling wallpaper and the behaviors of Charlie and Chet.

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* SurrealHorror: much Much of what happens in the Hotel Earle has elements of this, especially the peeling wallpaper and the behaviors of Charlie and Chet.


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* WhamLine: The very last line of the movie. When Fink calls the woman at the beach very beautiful and asks if she's in pictures, she replies "Don't be silly." This could be interpreted to mean that the best things do not belong in the pictures. That she's ''too'' beautiful for Hollywood and, consequently, that Fink's writing is too good for it. This makes his story arc even more pointless.
27th Jun '16 11:06:09 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The detectives make it plain that they don't like Barton for being Jewish.

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* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The detectives make it plain that they don't like Barton for being Jewish.Jewish and (as they later incorrectly assume) homosexual.
27th Jun '16 10:34:23 AM Da1tonTheGreat
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* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:Mundt methodically kills everyone Fink respects or cares about because of a noise complaint. He also murders an ear doctor because of an argument over the co-pay. It's implied this is the reason for most of his murders, regardless of what he says otherwise.]]

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* DisproportionateRetribution: [[spoiler:Mundt methodically kills everyone Fink respects or cares about because of a noise complaint. He also murders an ear doctor because of an argument over the co-pay.$10 (which equals about $160 in today's money, but still). It's implied this is the reason for most of his murders, regardless of what he says otherwise.]]
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