COMM 546 - Barton Fink Notes

COMM 546 Barton - Wikipedia A Knstlerroman"artist's novel German pronunciation[knstl.roman plural-ane is a specific sub-genre of Bildungsroman it

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Wikipedia A Künstlerroman ("artist's novel", German pronunciation: [ k nstl .ro ma n] ˈ ʏ ɐ ˌ ː ; plural -ane) is a specific sub-genre of Bildungsroman ; it is a novel about an artist 's growth to maturity. Such novels often depict the struggles of a sensitive youth against the values of a bourgeois society of his or her time. The Coens wrote the screenplay in three weeks while experiencing difficulty during the writing of another movie, Miller's Crossing . Barton Fink was influenced by several earlier works, including the films of Roman Polanski , particularly Repulsion (1965) and The Tenant (1976). Other movies that influenced Barton Fink are Stanley Kubrick 's 1980 film The Shining and Sullivan's Travels (1941) by filmmaker Preston Sturges . This idea returns at the end of the movie, when Charlie describes Barton as "a tourist with a typewriter". His ability to leave the Earle (while Charlie remains) is presented by critic Erica Rowell as evidence that Barton's story represents the process of writing itself. Barton, she says, represents an author who is able to leave a story, while characters like Charlie cannot. [25] he juxtaposition of his neighbor in the uniform of an insurance salesman and the escapist image of the woman on the beach leads to a confusion of reality and fantasy for Barton. Critic Michael Dunne notes: "[V]iewers can only wonder how 'real' Charlie is. . .. In the film's final shot . .. viewers must wonder how 'real' [the woman] is. The question leads to others: How real is Fink? Lipnick? Audrey? Mayhew? How real are films anyway?" [36] - Adaptation Charlie is obsessed with making a real movie Set in an empty hotel, Kubrick's movie concerns a writer unable to proceed with his latest work. Barton's desire to create entertainment for "the common man". Sullivan eventually decides that comedic entertainment is a key role for filmmakers, similar to Jack Lipnick's assertion at the end of Barton Fink that "the audience wants to see action, adventure" Charlie's line about how his troubles "don't amount to a hill of beans" is a probable homage to the 1942 film Casablanca . Two of the film's central themes – the culture of entertainment production and the writing
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COMM 546 Barton - Wikipedia A Knstlerroman"artist's novel German pronunciation[knstl.roman plural-ane is a specific sub-genre of Bildungsroman it

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