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Barton Fink & Miller's Crossing

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The award winning "Barton Fink "is a dark psychological thriller set in Hollywood in the 1940s. It concerns an aspiring writer who gradually becomes sucked into a grisly world of violence and terror. "Miller's Crossing "reinvents" "the 1930s gangster film in a complex story of love, friendship, and betrayal.
Also in this edition is an introduction by Coen brothers' sometim
Paperback, 288 pages
Published October 25th 1991 by Faber and Faber (first published 1991)
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Oct 19, 2010 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Millhouse
Recommended to Mariel by: Paul from the Wonder Years (he hid it under his shirt with the porn)
The screenplays for two outstanding Coen brothers films, Miller's Crossing and Barton Fink. Not just for the nerds, the Barton Fink screenplay interested me as a study on writer's block, as written. The Coens went through their own struggles with the mental impotence as Barton does in the story. They wrote this script initially as an exercise to get past it. (Only Joel gets a writing credit, and I take that as another good reason to read the scripts too. To see that on film it was really a shari ...more
The screenplays are beautifully rendered, and as joyful to read as the movies are to see. But the real gem is the introduction by the film editor the Coens knew from his work on Beyond Mombassa. He was very good with over-the-shoulder shots, and the Coens needed him from their movies.
Worth reading, re-reading, re-re-reading. Simply brilliant!
The film Miller's Crossing is intentionally fast-talking and complicated - a tribute to the great double-crossing thriller noirs of the 40s - and the screenplay of MC stands with that of The Big Lebowski as one of pure enjoyment.

Even if you've watched the film a few times and know it by heart, the screenplay is a joy. It's one of my favourite books to have with me on a long flight. If the inflight selection disappoints I can rewatch Millers Crossing via the screenplay.

Moreover, the short intro
Barton Fink is up there with The Big Lebowski and A Serious Man in the Coen canon. I have not read Miller`s Crossing.
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Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, known together professionally as the Coen brothers, are four-time Academy Award winning American filmmakers. For more than twenty years, the pair have written and directed numerous successful films, ranging from screwball comedies (O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy) to film noir (Miller's Crossing, Blood Simple, The Man Who Wasn't There, No ...more
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