History Film / BartonFink

9th Apr '18 1:19:41 PM KingClark
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* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The scene when the detectives meet Barton reveals that Charlie, his friendly neighbor, is a {serial killer}}.]]

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* TheReveal: [[spoiler:The scene when the detectives meet Barton reveals that Charlie, his friendly neighbor, is a {serial killer}}.serial killer.]]
27th Feb '18 7:33:30 PM Luigifan
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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Charlie Meadows.]] He turns out to be a serial killer, but he is the friendliest character around.
* AlasPoorYorick: [[spoiler: A possible case, depending on the contents of the box. It is implied that it contains a decapitated head, but Barton never opens it. ]]

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* AffablyEvil: [[spoiler: Charlie [[spoiler:Charlie Meadows.]] He turns out to be a serial killer, {{serial killer}}, but he is the friendliest character around.
* AlasPoorYorick: [[spoiler: A [[spoiler:A possible case, depending on the contents of the box. It is implied that it contains a decapitated head, but Barton never opens it. ]]



* AxeCrazy: [[spoiler: Charlie Meadows, a.k.a. "Madman" Mundt. Played by John Goodman. A seemingly friendly insurance salesman, with a career as a serial killer and a fixation with decapitations. ]]

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* AxeCrazy: [[spoiler: Charlie [[spoiler:Charlie Meadows, a.k.a. "Madman" Mundt. Played by John Goodman. A seemingly friendly insurance salesman, with a career as a serial killer {{serial killer}} and a fixation with decapitations. decapitations.]]



* CaptainObvious: Charlie comments several times on how hot it is [[spoiler:inside a building that is on fire.]]

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* CaptainObvious: Charlie comments several times on how hot it is [[spoiler:inside a building that is on fire.]]fire]].



* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Audrey is killed after having sex with Barton]].

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* DeathBySex: [[spoiler:Audrey is killed after having sex with Barton]].Barton.]]



** Lipnick makes antisemitic and anti-Japanese comments in the film ([[NWordPrivileges although Lipnick himself is Jewish]].)

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** Lipnick makes antisemitic and anti-Japanese comments in the film ([[NWordPrivileges although Lipnick himself is Jewish]].)Jewish]]).



** Not to mention that it is Barton' s first movie, around the same time as the first for Creator/OrsonWelles.

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** Not to mention that it is Barton' s Barton's first movie, around the same time as the first for Creator/OrsonWelles.



* 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 everyone he respects/cares about. It is 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 have any of the artistic freedom he wanted from the start. And he is still under contract and can not find other employers or publishers for his work. ]]

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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 everyone he respects/cares about. It is left unclear if Charlie killed Barton's parents and uncle. His script is dismissed by Lipnick Lipnick, who refuses to produce anything Barton writes until he "grows up a little", meaning Barton can't have any of the artistic freedom he wanted from the start. And he is still under contract and can not find other employers or publishers for his work. ]]



* KickTheDog: Lipnick unjustly firing Lou. Although since Lou is seen working for him later Lipnick either changed his mind or didn't go through with it.

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* KickTheDog: Lipnick unjustly firing Lou. Although since Lou is seen working for him later later, Lipnick either changed his mind or didn't go through with it.



* MagnumOpus: [[invoked]]Fink thinks he has 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 where the studio will never produce anything he writes. At least not until he "grows up."]]
* MindScrew: [[spoiler: The contents of the box.]]

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* MagnumOpus: [[invoked]]Fink Fink thinks he has 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 where the studio will never produce anything he writes. At least not until he "grows up."]]
* MindScrew: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The contents of the box.]]



* MoneyDearBoy: [[invoked]]InUniverse, how Fink is convinced to go to Hollywood to write B-movie scripts.

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* MoneyDearBoy: [[invoked]]InUniverse, InUniverse, how Fink is convinced to go to Hollywood to write B-movie scripts.



** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barton_Fink#Jack_Lipnick]]Jack Lipnick is based on Golden Age studio executives (Jack Warner, Louis B.Mayer, etc).

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** [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barton_Fink#Jack_Lipnick]]Jack Lipnick org/wiki/Barton_Fink#Jack_Lipnick Jack Lipnick]] is based on Golden Age studio executives (Jack Warner, Louis B.Mayer, etc).



* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: The fate of W.P. Mayhew, Audrey, and Mundt's other victims.]]
* PlotHole: Possibly intentional, but [[spoiler:the morning after Meadows leaves the hotel, his shoes are out in the hall for shining.]]

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* OffWithHisHead: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The fate of W.P. Mayhew, Audrey, and Mundt's other victims.]]
* PlotHole: Possibly intentional, but [[spoiler:the morning after Meadows leaves the hotel, his shoes are out in the hall for shining.]]shining]].



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

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



* ThoseTwoGuys: Deutsch and Mastrionotti -- the two detectives who show up later in the film.
* TraumaCongaLine: First, Barton gets a little writer's block. Then he discovers that his idol is a drunken, empty shell of a man. Then [[spoiler:he wakes up with their mutual muse lying dead beside him in bed]]. Then [[spoiler:he discovers that his only friend is a homicidal maniac]]. Then [[spoiler:the homicidal maniac returns and kills his fallen idol and ''the entire building catches fire'' and it is also implied [[SelfMadeOrphan his folks were murdered due to Barton telling Mundt to stay with them]]]], at which point his employer [[spoiler:angrily dismisses his script and tells him the studio will never produce anything he writes until he grows up a little, forcing Barton to remain in a contract that will never gain him the recognition and artistic freedom he craves.]] One hell of a route from A to B, there.
* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler: The contents of the box.]]

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* ThoseTwoGuys: Deutsch and Mastrionotti -- the two detectives who show up later in the film.
* TraumaCongaLine: First, Barton gets a little writer's block. Then he discovers that his idol is a drunken, empty shell of a man. Then [[spoiler:he wakes up with their mutual muse lying dead beside him in bed]]. Then [[spoiler:he discovers that his only friend is a homicidal maniac]]. Then [[spoiler:the homicidal maniac returns and kills his fallen idol and ''the entire building catches fire'' and it is also implied [[SelfMadeOrphan his folks were murdered due to Barton telling Mundt to stay with them]]]], at which point his employer [[spoiler:angrily dismisses his script and tells him the studio will never produce anything he writes until he grows up a little, forcing Barton to remain in a contract that will never gain him the recognition and artistic freedom he craves.]] craves]]. One hell of a route from A to B, there.
* TheUnreveal: [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The contents of the box.]]



** After seeing Audrey's body, Charlie goes to the bathroom to throw up, but the actual shot is not seen/.

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** After seeing Audrey's body, Charlie goes to the bathroom to throw up, but the actual shot is not seen/.seen.
12th Feb '18 5:11:06 PM HypnoticCarton
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** [[spoiler:Audrey has sex with Barton even though she is in a relationship with Mayhews.]]

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** [[spoiler:Audrey has sex with Barton even though she is in a relationship with Mayhews.Mayhew.]]
8th Feb '18 2:30:55 PM Vox
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** Lipnick is anti-semtic and makes slurs against the Japanese.
** The two cops are anti-gay and antisemitic.

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** Lipnick is anti-semtic and makes slurs against the Japanese.
** The two cops are anti-gay and antisemitic.
6th Feb '18 5:35:43 PM Vox
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* KickTheDog: Lipnick unjustly firing Lou.

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* KickTheDog: Lipnick unjustly firing Lou. Although since Lou is seen working for him later Lipnick either changed his mind or didn't go through with it.
28th Jan '18 4:51:36 PM nombretomado
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* WritersBlock: The movie is about a writer suffering from writer's block, written while the Coens themselves were having difficulty with ''MillersCrossing''.

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* WritersBlock: The movie is about a writer suffering from writer's block, written while the Coens themselves were having difficulty with ''MillersCrossing''.''Film/MillersCrossing''.
19th Jan '18 8:13:32 PM Vox
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** Lipnick makes antisemitic and anti-Japanese comments in the film ([[NWordPrivileges although Lipnick himself is jewish]].)

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** Lipnick makes antisemitic and anti-Japanese comments in the film ([[NWordPrivileges although Lipnick himself is jewish]].Jewish]].)
19th Jan '18 8:13:11 PM Vox
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** Lipnick makes antisemitic and anti-Japanese comments in the film.

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** Lipnick makes antisemitic and anti-Japanese comments in the film.film ([[NWordPrivileges although Lipnick himself is jewish]].)
16th Dec '17 4:08:01 AM Byzantine
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** 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.]]

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** Audrey and Mayhews are in a relationship relationship, even though the latter is still married.
** [[spoiler:Audrey has sex with Barton even though she's she is in a relationship with Mayhews.]]
16th Dec '17 4:05:13 AM Byzantine
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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. 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 interested in money than art. The woman is better off on the modest beach and Fink would have been better off staying on Broadway.
* WideEyedIdealist: Barton and his belief in the common man.

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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. Hollywood isn't is not the shining city on a hill and the ultimate goal of any writer as he saw it, it's it is a sleazy and uncreative place place, more interested in money than art. The woman is better off on the modest beach and Fink would have been better off staying on Broadway.
* WideEyedIdealist: Barton and his belief in the common man. Later, Charlie points out that Barton never actually listens to other people. He does not know the first thing about common men.
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