I saw this movie twice in the last three days. I’m on a bit of a Coen kick at the moment and decided to review some of their movies that I haven’t seen. Blood Simple was beautiful, brilliant, and fairly easy to understand. Now Barton Fink well, I have to say, I loved the movie; I loved the imagery, the cinematography and the acting (Goodman especially. Heck, Buscemi was brilliant, too, in the three or four minutes of screen time he had.)
But what the heck is going on with the symbolism? Arggh! OK, so I get this is a metaphor for the act of creating and all that jazz, but once the chick ends up dead, I’m lost.
What’s the photo about? Is that some symbol for escape or something? Why the final scene with the woman? Are we supposed to think a head’s in the box or is it something else? What about Mundt’s “Heil Hitler” after he blows the second guy away? Why does Mundt always avoid letting Barton into his room? How does Mundt hear the couple having sex next doors? Is it really the pipes? I notice that when Barton and the girl hook up, the camera pans away, the sexual noises get louder and the camera shot goes into and down the drain.
What’s with the peeling walls? Or the surreal hell scene? Are we supposed to take any of the events literally, or is it all a visual metaphor for the creative process?
I’ve obviously missed something important somewhere. Maybe some of your Coenphiles can help me out, because I really felt I liked the film, but I’m not sure what to make of it…