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The 1991 film Barton Fink provided several disparate views onHollywoods role in the regulation of writing and authorship The Coenbrothers focused on the toxic atmosphere of Hollywood and its effect onindividuals Hollywood is the capitol of film production but it is alsothe subject of their film Highlighting the differences betweenHollywood executives and writers Barton Fink illustrates the regulationof discourse and the governing of originality The formulaic tendenciesof picture-making preserve formality and function in accordance to otherworks films and discourses Michel Foucault attempts to explicate theauthor function in this particular case the relationship betweenthe author and Hollywood Upon meeting Barton Fink through a serious of dialogue with his agentit becomes evident that Barton deems himself to be the voice of thecommon man and that his successes have stemmed from his deeply rootedconnection and understanding of their hopes and dreams After beingoffered a large sum of money to write under contract for CapitolPictures in Hollywood Fink fears he will become displaced from New Yorkand his inspiration from the common man will decline in his absence TheCoen brothers use abstract imagery to transition Finks journey from NewYork to Los Angeles with a shot of a wave violently crashing against alarge and lone rock as if to indicate his experience will be brutal andsolitary With his eyes shadowed in disbelief Fink walks into the dark andlifeless Hotel Earle whos modo reads A Day or a Lifetime Aftertapping the bell to call for service Chet the bellboy is seenclimbing up a ladder from beneath the floor as if unearthing himselffrom the chambers of hell Directing him to room 605 Fink wanders tothe elevator where an elderly man with a blank and spiritless staretakes him to his floor After walking down a hot and seemingly endlesshall with a faint draft Fink enters his room and into what seems like awriters dungeon It becomes immediately clear that this room would deteralmost every high-status individual from staying there but Fink pressesthat he
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