Between Heaven and Hell There's Always Hollywood!
how do you talk about a movie like Barton Fink?
if you are familiar with the development of the studio system in Hollywood, 1930's American writers and playwrights, East Coast v. West Coast, 'Jewish intellectuals', the blacklist
you are likely to read it as a (barely) veiled recounting of those times with easily recognized characters
if you are really into Fight Club
you'll have a different read
could also be a tale of good v. evil, justice and punishment, a vision of Hell, a stay in Purgatory, a glimpse of Heaven.
all of the above can be argued for; none fit exactly. and there is enough leftover symbolism to fill a few boxes
it is, without a doubt, the finest movie the Coen Brothers have made. so far.
welcome to Hollywood, Barton Fink!
I'll show you the life of the mind!
confused yet? excellent. now go watch (or rewatch).
a nice little thing found out in the ether: teh script