- 1. I'm kissing it all goodbye.
These four stinking walls, six flights up.
- 2. The L that roars by at 3:00 a. M.
Like a cast-iron wind.
- 3. Kiss them goodbye for me, Maury, I'll miss them.
- 4. - Like hell I will.
- 5. Not anymore, Lil. I'm awake now,
awake for the first time in years.
- 6. Uncle Dave said it.
- 7. "Daylight is a dream if you've lived
with your eyes closed. "
- 8. Well, my eyes are open now.
- 9. I see the choir
and I know they're dressed in rags
- 10. but we're part of that choir, yeah, both of us.
- 11. - And you, Maury, and Uncle Dave, too.
The sun's coming up, kid.
- 12. They'll be hawking the fish
down on Fulton Street.
- 13. Let 'em hawk.
Let 'em sing their hearts out.
- 14. That's it, kid.
Take that ruined choir. Make it sing.
- 15. So long, Maury.
- 16. We'll hear from that kid.
And I don't mean a postcard.
- 17. Fish! Fresh fish!
- 18. Let's spit on our hands and get to work.
It's late, Maury.
- 19. Not anymore, Lil. It's early.
- 20. Bravo!
- 21. Bravo!
- 22. Bravo!
- 23. Author! Author!
- 24. Author! Author!
- 25. Your table is ready, Monsieur Fink.
- 26. In fact, several members of your party
have already arrived.
- 27. Is Garland Stanford here?
- 28. He called to say he'll be a few minutes late.
Ahh, here we are.
- 29. Barton, Barton, so glad you could make it.
- 30. You know Richard St. Claire
and Poppy Carnahan.
- 31. Charmed, charmed, charmed.
- 32. We're drinking champagne,
dear boy, in honor of the occasion.
- 33. - Have you seen The Herald?
- Not yet.
- 34. Well, I don't want to embarrass you
but Caven could hardly contain himself.
- 35. But, more important,
Richard and Poppy here loved the play.
- 36. Weeping. Copious tears.
What did The Herald say?
- 37. - I happen to have it with me.
- Please, Derek.
- 38. "Bare Ruined Choirs,
Triumph Of The Common Man.
- 39. "The star of Bare Ruined Choirs
- 40. "was nowhere to be seen
on the stage of the Belasco last night,
- 41. "though the thespians all acquitted
- 42. "The find of the evening was the author
of this drama about simple folk,
- 43. "fishmongers, in fact,
- 44. "whose brute struggle for existence
- 45. "cannot quite quell their longing
for something higher.
- 46. "The playwright finds nobility
- 47. "in the most squalid corners
and poetry in the most callous speech.
- 48. "A tough new voice
in the American theater has arrived
- 49. "and the owner of that voice
is named Barton Fink. "
- 50. Well, they'll be wrapping
fish in it in the morning,
- 51. so I guess it's not a total waste.
- 52. - Cynic.
- I can't start listening to the critics
- 53. and I can't kid myself about my own work.
- 54. A writer writes from his gut.
- 55. His gut tells him what's good
and what's merely adequate.
- 56. I don't pretend to be a critic
- 57. but Lord knows I have a gut
- 58. and my gut tells me it's simply marvelous.
- 59. And a charming gut it is.
- 60. Oh, you dog.
- 61. - Oh, stop.
- 62. I thought you were going to join us.
- 63. Jesus, Garland.
You left me alone with those people?
- 64. - Don't panic. I'll join you in a minute.
- 65. We have to talk a little business.
- 66. I've just been on the phone to Los Angeles.
- 67. Barton, Capitol Pictures
wants to put you under contract.
- 68. They've offered you $1,000 a week.
I think I can get them up to as high as $2,000.
- 69. - To do what?
- What do you do for a living?
- 70. I'm not sure any more.
I guess I try to make a difference.
- 71. Look, Barton. There's no pressure here
because I respect you.
- 72. But a brief tenure in Hollywood
- 73. could support you
through the writing of any number of plays.
- 74. I don't know, Garland.
My place is here right now.
- 75. I feel I'm on the brink of success.
- 76. - I'd say you're already enjoying some.
- No, don't you see, Garland?
- 77. Not the kind of success
where the critics fawn over you
- 78. or the producers like Derek make a lot of money.
- 79. No, a real success.
- 80. The success we've been dreaming about.
- 81. The creation of a new, living theater,
- 82. of and about and for the common man.
- 83. If I ran off to Hollywood now,
- 84. I'd be making money,
going to parties, meeting the big shots, sure.
- 85. But I'd be cutting myself off
from the wellspring of that success,
- 86. from the common man.
- 87. I guess I'm spouting off again.
- 88. Did you see Caven's review in The Herald?
- 89. - No, what did it say?
- Here, take my copy.
- 90. You're the toast of Broadway
- 91. and you have an opportunity
to redeem that for a little cash.
- 92. Strike that, a lot of cash.
- 93. The common man'll still be here
when you get back.
- 94. Who knows? They may even have
one or two of them out in Hollywood.
- 95. That's a rationalization, Garland.
- 96. Barton, it was a joke.
- 97. Welcome to the Hotel Earle.
May I help you, sir?
- 98. I'm checking in, Barton Fink.
- 99. All righty.
- 100. Okay.
- 101. That's F-I-N-K?
- 102. - Fink, Barton. That must be you, huh?
- Must be.
- 103. Okay, then, everything seems to be in order.
- 104. Everything seems to be in order. Just...
- 105. - Are you a trans or a res?
- Excuse me?
- 106. Transient or resident?
- 107. I don't know. I mean, I'll be here indefinitely.
- 108. Res. That'll be $25.50 a week,
payable in advance.
- 109. Checkout time is 12:00 sharp only,
- 110. you can forget about that
on account of you're a res.
- 111. If you need anything, anything at all,
- 112. just pick up your personal in-room telephone
and talk to me.
- 113. My name is Chet.
- 114. Although we do provide privacy
for the residential guests,
- 115. we are also a full-service hotel,
including complimentary shoeshine.
- 116. My name is Chet.
- 117. Okay.
- 118. Those your only bags?
- 119. The others are being sent.
- 120. Welcome to Los Angeles, Mr. Fink.
- 121. Six, please.
- 122. Next stop, six.
- 123. This stop, six.
- 124. Is that him? Is that Barton Fink?
- 125. Let me at him.
Let me put my arms around this guy.
- 126. Let me hug this guy. How the hell are you?
- 127. Good trip? My name is Jack Lipnick.
- 128. I run this dump. You know that.
You read the papers.
- 129. Lou treating you all right?
Get you everything you need?
- 130. What the hell's the matter with your face?
What the hell's the matter with his face, Lou.
- 131. It's not as bad as it looks.
Just a mosquito in my room.
- 132. - Place okay? Where'd we put him?
- I'm at the Earle.
- 133. Never heard of it.
Let's move him to The Grand or The Wilshire.
- 134. Hell, he can stay at my place!
- 135. Thanks, but I wanted a place
that was a little less...
- 136. Less Hollywood.
- 137. Sure. Say it. It's not a dirty word.
- 138. Say whatever the hell you want.
The writer is king here at Capitol Pictures.
- 139. You don't believe me? Take a look
at your paycheck at the end of every week.
- 140. That's what we think of the writer.
- 141. So, what kind of pictures does he like?
- 142. Mr. Fink hasn't given
a preference, Mr. Lipnick.
- 143. So how about it, Bart?
- 144. Well, to be honest,
I don't go to the pictures much, Mr. Lipnick.
- 145. That's okay. That's just fine.
- 146. You probably walked in here thinking
that was going to be a handicap.
- 147. Thinking that we wanted people
who knew something about the medium,
- 148. maybe even thinking there was all kinds
of technical mumbo-jumbo to learn.
- 149. You were dead wrong.
We're only interested in one thing.
- 150. Can you tell a story, Bart? Can you
make us laugh, can you make us cry?
- 151. Can you make us wanna break out in joyous song?
- 152. Is that more than one thing? Okay.
- 153. The point is, I run this dump and
I don't know the technical mumbo-jumbo.
- 154. Why do I run it? 'Cause I got horse sense,
goddamn it. Showmanship!
- 155. And also, I hope Lou told you this.
- 156. I am bigger, meaner and louder
- 157. than any other kike in this town.
Did you tell him that, Lou?
- 158. I don't mean my dick is bigger than yours,
it's not a sexual thing.
- 159. Although, you are a writer,
you know more about that. Coffee?
- 160. - Yes, thank you.
- 161. Used to have shares in the company.
- 162. Ownership interest.
Got bought out in the '20s.
- 163. Muscled out, according to some.
According to me.
- 164. We keep him around. He's got a family.
- 165. Poor schmuck. He's sensitive.
Don't mention the old days.
- 166. Hell, say whatever you want. Look, Bart.
- 167. Barring a preference, we're gonna put you to
work on a wrestling picture. Wallace Beery.
- 168. I say this because they tell me
you know the poetry of the streets
- 169. so that would rule out westerns, pirates,
screwball, Bible, Roman...
- 170. Look. I'm not one of those guys
that thinks poetic has gotta be fruity.
- 171. We're together on that, aren't we?
I mean, I'm from New York myself.
- 172. Minsk, if you wanna go all the way back.
- 173. Which we won't, if you don't mind,
and I ain't asking.
- 174. Now, people are gonna say to you,
"Wallace Beery, wrestling, it's a B-picture. "
- 175. You tell them, "Bullshit!"
- 176. We do not make B-pictures here at Capitol.
- 177. Let's put a stop to that rumor...
- 178. Thanks, Lou. Join us.
- 179. - We're talking about the Wally Beery picture.
- Excellent picture.
- 180. - We got a treatment on it yet?
- No, not yet, Jack.
- 181. We just bought the story.
- 182. - Saturday Evening Post.
- To hell with the story.
- 183. Wally Beery is a wrestler.
- 184. I wanna know his hopes, his dreams.
- 185. Naturally, you have to get him
mixed up with a bad element.
- 186. And a romantic interest, you know the drill.
- 187. Romantic interest,
or else a young kid, an orphan.
- 188. What do you think, Lou?
Wally a little too old for a romantic interest?
- 189. Look at me.
- 190. A writer in the room and I'm asking Lou
what the goddamn story should be.
- 191. Which is it, Bart? Orphan? Dame?
- 192. Both, maybe?
- 193. Maybe we should do a treatment.
- 194. Hell. Let Bart take a crack at it.
- 195. He'll get into the swing of things
or I don't know writers.
- 196. Let's make it a dame, Bart. Keep it simple.
- 197. We don't gotta tackle the world
the first time out.
- 198. The important thing is we all want it
to have that Barton Fink feeling.
- 199. I guess, we all have that Barton Fink feeling
- 200. but since you're Barton Fink,
I'm assuming you have it in spades.
- 201. Seriously, Bart, I like you.
We're off to a good start.
- 202. If all my writers were like you,
I wouldn't have to get so goddamn involved.
- 203. I'd like to see something
by the end of the week.
- 204. Oh, I heard about your show, by the way.
- 205. My man in New York saw it. Tells me it's
pretty damn powerful, pretty damn moving.
- 206. A little fruity, he said,
but I guess you know what you're doing.
- 207. Thanks for your heart, Bart.
We need more heart in motion pictures.
- 208. We're all expecting great things.
- 209. - Front desk.
- Hello, Chet?
- 210. - Speaking.
- This is Barton Fink in room 621.
- 211. - Mmm-hmm?
- Yes, there's...
- 212. There's someone in the room
next door to mine, 623,
- 213. and he's...
- 214. He's...
- 215. Making a lot of noise.
- 216. - I'll take care of it right away, sir.
- Thank you.
- 217. Hello.
- 218. What?
- 219. Huh?
- 220. Who?
- 221. Did you...
- 222. - Somebody just complained.
- No, I didn't.
- 223. I mean, I did call down.
Not to complain exactly.
- 224. I was just concerned that you might...
- 225. Not that it's my business,
- 226. but that you might be in some kind of distress.
- 227. See, I was trying to work and it's...
- 228. Well, it was difficult.
- 229. Yeah...
- 230. I'm damn sorry if I bothered you.
The damn walls. I just apologize like hell.
- 231. My name's Charlie Meadows.
I guess we're neighbors.
- 232. Barton Fink.
- 233. Neighbor, I'd feel better
about the damned inconvenience
- 234. if you let me buy you a drink.
- 235. - That's all right, really. Thank you.
- "All right," hell.
- 236. You trying to work, me carrying on in there.
- 237. Look, the liquor's good. What do you say?
- 238. You got a glass? It's the least I can do.
- 239. Okay. A quick one. Sure.
- 240. Yeah, just a nip.
- 241. I sure do forget myself sometimes.
- 242. I feel like a heel,
all the carryings-on next door.
- 243. That's okay, I assure you.
- 244. - It's just I was trying to work.
- 245. What kind of work do you do, Barton,
if you don't mind my asking?
- 246. Well, I'm a writer, actually.
- 247. You don't say. That's a tough racket.
- 248. My hat's off to anyone that can make a go of it.
- 249. - Damned interesting work, I'd imagine.
- Can be. It's not easy but...
- 250. Damned difficult, I'd imagine.
- 251. - And what's your line, Mr. Meadows?
- Hell, no, call me Charlie.
- 252. Well, Barton, you might say
I sell peace of mind.
- 253. Insurance is my game.
- 254. Door to door. Human contact.
Still the only way to move the merchandise.
- 255. In spite of what you might think from tonight,
I'm pretty good at it.
- 256. - It doesn't surprise me at all.
- Hell, yes! Because I believe in it.
- 257. Fire, theft and casualty are not things
- 258. that only happen to other people,
that's what I tell them.
- 259. Writing doesn't work out,
you may wanna look into it.
- 260. Providing for a basic human need.
A fella could do worse.
- 261. - Thanks. I'll keep that in mind.
- 262. What kind of scribbler are you?
Newspaperman, did you say?
- 263. No. Actually, I'm writing for the pictures now.
- 264. Pictures? Jesus!
- 265. Oh, I'm sorry, brother.
- 266. I was just sitting here thinking
- 267. I was talking to some ambitious youngster
eager to make good.
- 268. Hell, you've got it made.
- 269. Writing for the pictures!
Beating out that competition.
- 270. And me being patronizing?
- 271. Is the egg showing or what?
- 272. That's okay,
I am just starting out in the movies,
- 273. though I was pretty well established
in New York.
- 274. - Some renown there.
- It's an exciting time, then.
- 275. I'm not the best-read mug on the planet
- 276. so I guess it's not surprising
I didn't recognize your name.
- 277. Jesus, I feel like a heel.
- 278. That's okay, Charlie.
- 279. I'm a playwright.
My shows have only played New York.
- 280. The last one got a hell of a write-up
in The Herald.
- 281. I guess that's why they wanted me here.
- 282. Hell, why not? Everyone wants quality.
- 283. What kind of venue...
- 284. That is to say, thematically...
- 285. Umm...
- 286. What do I write about?
- 287. Caught me trying to be fancy.
Yeah, that's it, Bart.
- 288. Well, that's a good question.
- 289. Strange as it may seem, Charlie,
I guess I write about people like you.
- 290. The average working stiff, the common man.
- 291. - Well, ain't that a kick in the head.
- Yeah, I guess it is.
- 292. But in a way, that's exactly the point.
- 293. There's a few people in New York...
Hopefully, our numbers are growing...
- 294. Who feel we have an opportunity now
- 295. to forge something real
out of everyday experience.
- 296. Create a theater for the masses
based on a few simple truths,
- 297. not on some shopworn abstractions
- 298. about drama that don't hold true today,
if they ever did.
- 299. - I don't guess this means much to you.
- Hell yeah. I could tell you some stories.
- 300. And that's the point.
That we all have stories.
- 301. The hopes and dreams of the common man
are as noble as those of any king.
- 302. It's the stuff of life,
why shouldn't it be the stuff of theater?
- 303. Goddamn it, why should that be
such a hard pill to swallow?
- 304. Don't call it new theater, Charlie,
call it real theater.
- 305. Call it our theater.
- 306. I can see you feel pretty strongly about it.
- 307. Well, I don't mean to get up on my high horse.
- 308. But why shouldn't we look at ourselves up there?
- 309. Who cares about the Fifth Earl of Bastrop
and Lady Higginbottom
- 310. and who killed Nigel Grinch-Gibbons?
- 311. - I can feel my butt getting sore already.
- Exactly, Charlie.
- 312. You understand what I'm saying
a lot more than these literary types
- 313. - because you're a real man.
- I could tell you some stories...
- 314. Sure you could, and yet, many writers
do everything in their power
- 315. to insulate themselves from the common man,
- 316. from where they live, from where they trade,
- 317. from where they fight
and love and converse and...
- 318. So naturally, their work suffers
and regresses into empty formalism.
- 319. I'm spouting off again,
but to put it in your language,
- 320. the theater becomes
as phony as a three-dollar bill.
- 321. Well, I guess that's a tragedy right there.
- 322. You're all right, Charlie.
- 323. I'm glad you stopped by. I'm sorry if...
I know sometimes I run on.
- 324. Well, Christ. If there's any way
I can contribute or help or whatever...
- 325. Sure, Charlie, you can help
by just being yourself.
- 326. Well, I can tell you some stories.
- 327. And look, I'm sorry as hell
about the interruption.
- 328. Too much revelry late at night,
you forget there's other people in the world.
- 329. I'll be eating on the lot today.
- 330. - Who's this?
- Barton Fink, Mr. Geisler.
- 331. More, please.
- 332. I'm a writer, Mr. Geisler. Ted Okum
said I should drop by this morning...
- 333. - Ever act?
- Huh? No, I'm a...
- 334. - Need Indians for a Norman Steele western.
- I'm a writer. Ted Okum...
- 335. Think about it, Fink, writers come and go.
We always need Indians.
- 336. I'm a writer.
- 337. Ted Okum said you're producing
this Wallace Beery picture I'm working on.
- 338. Ted Okum doesn't know shit.
- 339. They've assigned me enough pictures
for a goddamn year.
- 340. Listen, what Ted Okum doesn't know
- 341. you could almost squeeze
into the Hollywood Bowl.
- 342. Then who should I talk to?
- 343. Get me Lou Breeze.
- 344. - Is he in for Mr. Geesler?
- 345. Lou, how's Lipnick's ass smell this morning?
- 346. - Yeah? Yeah?
- 347. All right, listen. The reason I'm calling,
I got a writer here. Fink. All screwy.
- 348. Says I'm producing that Wallace Beery
- 349. What am I, the goddamn janitor around here?
- 350. - Yeah? Who'd you get that from?
- 351. Tell Lipnick he can kiss my dimpled ass.
- 352. No, all right! Shit. All right. No, all right.
- 353. Okay, Fink, let's chow.
- 354. Don't worry about it. It's just a B-picture.
- 355. I bring it in on budget, they book it without
screening it. Life is too short.
- 356. Lipnick said he wanted to look at the script,
see something by the end of the week.
- 357. Sure he did. He forgot about it
before your ass left his sofa.
- 358. Okay.
- 359. I'm just having trouble getting started.
- 360. It's funny, I'm blocked up.
- 361. I just feel like I need some kind of
indication of what's expected.
- 362. Wallace Beery, wrestling picture.
What do you need, a road map?
- 363. Look, you're confused. You need guidance?
- 364. - Talk to another writer.
- 365. Oh, Jesus.
You throw a rock in here, you'll hit one.
- 366. Do me a favor, Fink?
- 367. Throw it hard.
- 368. Bill Mayhew. Sorry about the odor.
- 369. Barton Fink.
- 370. Jesus, W. P?
- 371. - I beg your pardon?
- W.P. Mayhew, the writer?
- 372. Just Bill, please.
- 373. Bill,
- 374. you're the finest novelist of our time.
- 375. Why, thank you, son. How kind.
- 376. My God, I had no idea you were in Hollywood.
- 377. All of us undomesticated writers
- 378. eventually make our way out here
to the Great Salt Lick.
- 379. That's probably why
I always have such a powerful thirst.
- 380. A little social lubricant, Mr. Fink?
- 381. No, it's a little early for me.
- 382. Bill, if I'm imposing, you should say so.
- 383. I know you're very busy.
- 384. I just wanted to ask you a favor.
- 385. Have you ever written a wrestling picture?
- 386. You are drippin', sir.
- 387. Mr. Fink, they have not invented
a genre of picture
- 388. that Bill Mayhew has not at one time
or other been invited to essay.
- 389. Well, what...
- 390. Yes, I have taken my stab at the wrestling form,
- 391. as I have stabbed at so many others
- 392. - and with as little success.
- How do...
- 393. I gather that you are a freshman here,
eager for an upperclassman's counsel.
- 394. However, just at the moment,
I have drinking to do.
- 395. Why don't you stop by my bungalow,
number 15, later on this afternoon
- 396. and we will discuss wrestling scenarios
and other things literary.
- 397. Sons of bitches!
- 398. Honey? Where's my honey?
- 399. The water's lapping up on me, honey!
- 400. I can't... I'm trying to help you.
- 401. Can I help you?
- 402. - I'm sorry, I...
Why, damn it?
- 403. - My name is Fink.
Where's my honey?
- 404. Bill asked me to drop by this afternoon.
Is he in?
- 405. - Mr. Mayhew is indisposed at the moment.
Where's my honey?
- 406. Is he okay?
- 407. He'll be fine.
- 408. Mr. Fink, I'm Audrey Taylor,
Mr. Mayhew's personal secretary.
- 409. Where's my honey?
- I know this all must sound horrid.
- 410. - I really do apologize.
Where are you, damn it?
- 411. When he can't write, he drinks.
- 412. It's so embarrassing.
- 413. How about you? Will you be all right?
- 414. I'll be fine.
- 415. - Are you a writer, Mr. Fink?
- Yes. I'm working on a wrestling...
- 416. Please, call me Barton.
- 417. I'll tell Bill you dropped by.
- 418. I'm sure he'll wanna reschedule
- 419. Perhaps you and I can get together
at some point, also.
- 420. I'm sorry if that sounds abrupt, I just...
- 421. I don't know anyone here in town.
- 422. - Perhaps the three of us, Mr. Fink.
- Please, Barton.
- 423. Barton.
- 424. You see, Barton,
- 425. I'm not just Bill's secretary.
- 426. Bill and I are
- 427. in love.
- 428. Where's my honey?
- 429. I know this must look
- 430. funny.
- 431. Bastard-ass sons of bitches!
- I'm sorry.
- 432. Please, don't judge us, Mr. Fink.
- 433. Bastard-ass sons of bitches,
the water's lapping up!
- 434. Honey!
- 435. - Howdy, neighbor.
- Charlie, how are you?
- 436. Ah, Jesus, I hope
I'm not interrupting you again.
- 437. Heard you walking around in here,
figured I'd drop by.
- 438. Yeah, come on in. Have a seat.
- 439. I hadn't really gotten started yet.
- 440. - What happened to your ear?
- Yeah, an ear infection.
- 441. Chronic thing.
It goes away for a while, then it comes back.
- 442. I gotta put cotton in it
to stanch the flow of pus.
- 443. - Don't worry. It's not contagious.
- Have you seen a doctor?
- 444. Doctors. What's he gonna tell me?
Can't trade my head in for a new one.
- 445. Yeah, I guess you're stuck with the one you got.
- 446. I'd invite you over to my place
but it's a goddamn mess.
- 447. - You married, Bart?
- 448. I myself have yet to be lassoed.
- 449. Hey, Bart.
- 450. Ouch!
- 451. - Got a sweetheart?
- 452. I guess it's something about my work.
I get so worked up over it.
- 453. I don't really have a lot of attention left over,
- 454. so it would be a little unfair.
- 455. Yeah, ladies do ask for attention.
- 456. In my experience, they pretend to give it
- 457. but it's generally a smoke screen
for demanding it back with interest.
- 458. How about family, Bart?
How're you fixed in that department?
- 459. - My folks live in Brooklyn with my uncle.
- Mine have passed on.
- 460. It's just the three of us now.
What's that expression?
- 461. - Me, myself and I.
- 462. That's tough.
- 463. But in a sense, we're all alone
in the world, aren't we, Charlie?
- 464. I'm often surrounded
by family and friends but...
- 465. You're no stranger to loneliness, then.
- 466. I guess I got no beef,
especially where the dames are concerned.
- 467. In my line of work, I get opportunities galore,
- 468. always on the wing, you know what I'm saying.
- 469. I could tell you stories to curl your hair
but it looks like you've already heard them.
- 470. That's me in Kansas City, plying my trade.
That was taken by one of my policy holders.
- 471. They're more than just customers to me,
they appreciate what I have to offer them.
- 472. You see, her hubby was out of town at
the time, and they were carrying fire and life.
- 473. The third quarter payment was way past due...
- 474. You know, in a way, I envy you, Charlie.
- 475. Your daily routine, you know what's expected.
- 476. You know the drill.
- 477. My job is to plumb the depths, so to speak,
- 478. dredge up something from inside.
- 479. Something honest.
- 480. I gotta tell you, the life of the mind,
- 481. there's no road map for that territory.
- 482. Exploring it can be painful.
- 483. A kind of pain most people
don't know anything about.
- 484. - This must be boring you.
- No, it's damned interesting.
- 485. Yeah.
- 486. Probably sounds a little grand from someone
writing a wrestling picture for Wallace Beery.
- 487. Beery? You got no beef there.
He's good! A hell of an actor.
- 488. Though for my money, you can't beat Jack Oakie.
- 489. A stitch, Oakie. Funny stuff, funny stuff.
- 490. But don't get me wrong.
Beery, wrestling picture, could be a pip.
- 491. I wrestled myself some, back in school.
I guess you know the basic moves?
- 492. No, I never even watched any.
I'm not that interested in the act itself.
- 493. Okay. But hell,
you should know what it's about.
- 494. I can show you the wrestling basics
in about 30 seconds.
- 495. You're a little out of your weight class
but just for the purposes of demonstration.
- 496. That's all right, really.
- 497. Not a bit of it, compadre.
Easiest thing in the world.
- 498. You just get down on your knees to my left here,
- 499. slap your right hand here, your left hand here.
- 500. Come on, champ, you can do it. Come on.
- 501. Come on. Come on.
- 502. Come on.
- 503. Okay, right there.
- 504. All right.
- 505. When I say, "Ready, wrestle,"
you try and pin me and I try and pin you.
- 506. - And that's the whole game, got it?
- Yeah, okay.
- 507. Ready, wrestle!
- 508. Hup, two, three.
- 509. Damn, there I go again,
gonna wake up the downstairs neighbors.
- 510. - I didn't hurt you, did I?
- It's okay.
- 511. That's all wrestling is,
- 512. except usually there's more
grunting and squirming before the pin.
- 513. It's your first time
and you're out of your weight class.
- 514. Jesus, I did hurt you.
- 515. I sure do apologize.
I'm just a big, clumsy lug.
- 516. I sure do apologize. You sure you're okay?
- 517. I'm fine, really.
- 518. Actually, it's been helpful.
- 519. But I guess I should get to work.
- 520. Well, it wasn't fair of me to do that.
- 521. I'm pretty well-endowed physically.
- 522. Don't feel bad, though.
- 523. I wouldn't be much of a match for you
at mental gymnastics.
- 524. Give me a holler, if you need anything.
- 525. If I close my eyes,
I can almost smell the live oak.
- 526. That's chicken fat, Bill.
- 527. My olfactory's turning womanish on me,
lying and deceitful.
- 528. Still, I must say,
I haven't felt a peace like this
- 529. since the grand productive days.
- 530. Don't you find it so, Barton?
- 531. Ain't writing peace?
- 532. Well...
- 533. Actually no, Bill.
- 534. No, I've always found that writing comes
from a great inner pain.
- 535. Maybe it's a pain that comes from a realization
- 536. that one must do something for one's fellow man
- 537. to help somehow ease the suffering.
- 538. Maybe it's personal pain.
- 539. At any rate, I don't believe
good work is possible without it.
- 540. Well, me, I just enjoy making things up.
- 541. Yes, sir, escape.
- 542. It's when I can't write, can't escape myself,
- 543. that I wanna rip my head off
and run screaming through the street
- 544. with my balls in a fruit-picker's pail.
- 545. - This'll sometimes help.
- That doesn't help anything, Bill.
- 546. That's true.
I've never found that to help my writing.
- 547. Your writin'?
- 548. Son, have you ever heard the story
of Solomon's mammy?
- 549. Barton, you should read this, I think it's
Bill's finest or among his finest, anyway.
- 550. So, now I'm supposed to roll over like
a bitch dog getting my belly scratched?
- 551. Look, maybe it's none of my business
- 552. but don't you think a man with your talent,
- 553. that your first obligation is to your gift?
- 554. Shouldn't you be doing
whatever you have to do to work again?
- 555. - And what would that be, son?
- I don't know exactly,
- 556. but I do know what you're doing with that drink,
- 557. you're cutting yourself off from your gift
and from Audrey,
- 558. and from your fellow man
and from everything your art is about.
- 559. No, son. I'm building a levee.
- 560. Gulp by gulp, brick by brick.
- 561. Puttin' up a levee to keep that ragin' river
of manure from lappin' at my door.
- 562. Maybe you'd better too, Barton,
- 563. before you get buried under his manure.
- 564. My honey pretends to be impatient with me,
Barton, but she'll put up with anything.
- 565. Not anything, Bill. Don't test me.
- 566. You're lucky she puts up with you as much
as she does.
- 567. Am I? Maybe to a schoolboy's eye.
- 568. People who know about the human heart,
maybe they'd say,
- 569. "Bill over here, he gives his honey love
and she pays him back with pity. "
- 570. - The basest coin there is.
- Stop it, Bill.
- 571. Gone are the days
when my heart was young and gay
- 572. Gone are my friends
- 573. From the cotton fields away
- 574. Gone from the earth
- 575. To a better land I know
- 576. I hear their gentle voices callin'
- 577. Old Black Joe
- 578. I'm comin', I'm comin'
- 579. Though my head is bending low
- 580. I hear their gentle...
- 581. The truth, my honey,
is a tart that does not bear scrutiny.
- 582. Breach my levee at your peril.
- 583. Gone are my friends...
- 584. Son of a bitch. That son of a bitch!
- 585. Don't get me wrong, he's a fine writer.
- 586. From the earth to a better land...
- 587. Are you all right?
- 588. Audrey...
- 589. I hear their angel voices...
- 590. - You can't...
- Go, Barton.
- 591. You can't put up with this.
- 592. Old Black Joe
- 593. I feel so sorry for him.
- 594. What? He's a son of a bitch.
- 595. No, no...
- 596. I'm coming...
- 597. He, sometimes just...
- 598. I hear their angel voices...
- 599. Well, he thinks about Estelle.
- 600. His wife still lives in Fayetteville.
- 601. Old Black Joe...
- 602. She's
- 603. disturbed.
- 604. Really?
- 605. I'll just walk on down to the Pacific
and from there I'll improvise.
- 606. He'll wander back when he's sober
and apologize. He always does.
- 607. - Okay, but that doesn't excuse his behavior.
Silence upon a hill in Darien.
- 608. Empathy requires understanding.
- 609. I'm comin'...
- 610. What? What don't I understand?
- 611. Though my head is hangin' low
- 612. I hear their gentle voices calling
- 613. Old Black Joe
- 614. - I hope these are your shoes.
- 615. Because that would mean they gave you mine.
- 616. Yeah. As a matter of fact, they did.
- 617. - Come on in.
- Jesus, what a day I had.
- 618. You ever had one of those days?
- 619. - Seems like nothing but, lately.
- Jesus, what a day.
- 620. Felt like I couldn't
have sold ice water in the Sahara.
- 621. Jesus. Okay, so you don't want insurance.
Okay, so that's your loss.
- 622. But, God, people can be rude.
- 623. Feel like I have to talk to
a normal person like you
- 624. just to restore a little of my...
- 625. It's my pleasure.
I could use a little lift myself.
- 626. Little lift, yeah.
- 627. Good thing they bottle it, pal?
- 628. Did I say rude?
People can be goddamn cruel.
- 629. Especially some of these housewives.
- 630. Okay, so I have a weight problem.
- 631. That's my cross to bear. I don't know.
- 632. - It's a defense mechanism.
- Defense against what, insurance?
- 633. Something they need? Something they
should be grateful to me for offering?
- 634. A little peace of mind.
- 635. Finally decided to knock off early.
- 636. Take your advice.
Went to see a doctor about this.
- 637. He told me I had an ear infection, $10, please.
- 638. I says, "Hell, I told you my ear was infected.
Why don't you give me $10?"
- 639. Well, that led to an argument.
- 640. Listen to me bellyaching.
- 641. As if my problems amounted to a hill of beans.
- 642. How goes the life of the mind?
- 643. Well, it's been better.
- 644. I just can't seem to get going on this thing.
- 645. The one idea, the one that lets you get started,
- 646. I still haven't gotten it.
- 647. Maybe I only had one idea in me. My play.
- 648. Maybe once that was done,
I was done being a writer.
- 649. Christ. I feel like a fraud.
- 650. Sitting here, staring at this paper.
- 651. Those two lovebirds next door driving you nuts?
- 652. How do you know about that?
- 653. Know about it?
I can practically see how they're doin' it.
- 654. Brother, I wish I had a piece of that.
- 655. Seems like I hear
everything that goes on in this dump.
- 656. - Pipes or somethin'.
- Yeah, but...
- 657. You'll lick this picture business, believe me.
You got a head on your shoulders.
- 658. And what is it they say?
Where there's a head, there's hope.
- 659. - Where there's life, there's hope.
- See, that proves you really are a writer.
- 660. There's hope for you, too, Charlie.
- 661. Tomorrow, I bet you sell
a half-dozen policies.
- 662. Thanks, brother, but the fact is
I gotta pull up stakes for a while.
- 663. - You're leaving?
- In a few days.
- 664. Out to your stomping ground,
as a matter of fact, New York City.
- 665. Things have gotten all balled up
at the head office.
- 666. I'm truly sorry to hear that, Charlie.
I'll miss you.
- 667. Well, hell, buddy, don't pull a long face.
- 668. This is home to me. I keep a room here
and I'll be back, sooner or later.
- 669. And mark my words,
- 670. by the time I get back,
your picture'll be finished, I know it.
- 671. New York can be pretty cruel to strangers,
- 672. If you need a home-cooked meal,
you just look up Sam and Lillian Fink.
- 673. They live on Fulton Street with my Uncle Maury.
- 674. Christ.
- 675. Your room does that, too.
- 676. I guess the heat's sweating off the wallpaper.
- 677. What a dump.
- 678. I guess this must seem pretty pathetic
to a guy like you.
- 679. Well...
- 680. But it's pathetic, isn't it?
- 681. I mean, to a guy from New York?
- 682. What do you mean?
- 683. This kind of heat. Pathetic.
- 684. I guess you pick your poison.
- 685. So they say.
- 686. Don't pick up and leave
without saying good-bye.
- 687. Course not, compadre.
- 688. You'll see me again.
- 689. - Bango, you're dead, you're a corpse.
- You got me.
- 690. Okay. Go, go. You son of a gun.
- 691. Yeah. Fink.
- 692. Come in, come on.
- 693. What do you got for me?
What the hell happened to your face?
- 694. Nothing. It's just a mosquito bite.
- 695. Like hell it is.
There are no mosquitoes in Los Angeles.
- 696. Mosquitoes breed in swamps.
This is a desert. What do you got for me?
- 697. Well, I...
- 698. On the Beery picture.
Where are we? What do you got?
- 699. Well, I'm having a little trouble
- 700. Getting... Christ Jesus, started?
You don't have anything yet?
- 701. - Well, not much.
- What the hell do you think this is? Hamlet?
- 702. Gone With The Wind? Ruggles Of Red...
- 703. It's a goddamn B-picture. Big men in tights.
You know the drill.
- 704. I'm afraid I don't really understand that genre.
- 705. Maybe that's the problem.
- 706. Understand shit. I thought you were gonna
consult another writer on this.
- 707. - Well, I've talked to Bill Mayhew.
- Bill Mayhew?
- 708. Mayhew? Some help! The guy's a souse.
- 709. - He's a great writer.
- A great souse!
- 710. - You don't understand.
- 711. - He's in pain because he can't write.
- 712. Souse! He can't write.
- 713. He manages to write his name
on the back of his paycheck every week.
- 714. But I thought no one cared about this picture.
- 715. You thought? Where the hell
did you get that from? You thought.
- 716. Listen, I don't know what the hell
you said to Lipnick,
- 717. but the son of a bitch likes you.
- 718. You understand that, Fink?
He likes you. He's taken an interest.
- 719. Never make Lipnick like you. Never!
- 720. I don't understand.
- 721. Are you deaf? He likes you!
He's taken an interest.
- 722. What the hell did you say to him?
- 723. - I didn't say anything.
- Well, he's taken an interest.
- 724. That means he'll make your life hell,
which I could care less about.
- 725. But since I drew the short straw
to supervise this turkey,
- 726. he's gonna be all over me, too.
- 727. Fat-assed son of a bitch called me yesterday
to ask me how it's going.
- 728. Don't worry, I covered for you.
- 729. I told him you were making progress,
we were all very excited.
- 730. I told him it was great.
- 731. Understand that?
So now my ass is on the line.
- 732. He wants you to tell him all about it tomorrow.
- 733. I can't write anything by tomorrow.
- 734. Who said write? Jesus, Jack can't read.
- 735. You gotta tell it to him.
Tell him something, for Christ's sake.
- 736. What do I tell him?
- 737. Yes, Mr. Geisler.
- 738. - Jerry.
- Jerry! Ben Geisler here.
- 739. - Hi, Ben.
- 740. Any of the screening rooms free this afternoon?
- 741. - Yeah, I think...
- Good! Book it for me.
- 742. I got a writer here, Fink.
- 743. He's coming in.
You're gonna show him wrestling pictures.
- 744. - Which ones?
- I don't give a shit which ones.
- 745. Wrestling pictures!
- 746. Wait a minute.
Isn't Victor Sjoderberg shooting one now?
- 747. - Yeah, he's...
- Well, show him some of the dailies on that.
- 748. Okay, Ben, I'll show him...
- 749. All right. This'll give you some ideas.
- 750. 8:15 tomorrow morning at Lipnick's house.
- 751. Ideas.
- 752. Broad strokes.
- 753. Don't cross me, Fink.
- 754. Devil On The...
- 755. Devil On The Canvas. 12-apple, take one.
- 756. Action!
- 757. I will destroy him!
- 758. Cut, cut, cut, cut!
- 759. Devil On The Canvas, 12-apple, take two.
- 760. Action!
- 761. I will destroy him.
- 762. Cut, cut!
- 763. Rolling!
- Devil On The Canvas, 12-apple, take four.
- 764. Action!
- 765. I will destroy him!
- 766. Cut! Cut! Cut!
- 767. Devil On The Canvas,
12-apple, take five.
- 768. I will destroy him!
- 769. - CLAPPER: 12-apple, take six.
I will destroy him!
- 770. 12-apple, take seven.
- 771. I will destroy him!
- 772. 12-baker, take one.
- 773. I will destroy him.
- 774. 12-Charlie, take one.
- 775. Take two.
- 776. One, two...
- 777. Take seven.
- 778. Orphan? Dame?
- 779. - Front desk.
- Hello, Chet?
- 780. This is Barton Fink, in room 621.
- 781. Could you try a number for me in Hollywood?
- 782. - Sure.
- Slauson, 64304.
- 783. Right away, sir.
- 784. - Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up.
- 785. - Hello?
- Audrey, I need help. I know it's late.
- 786. And I shouldn't be calling you like this.
- 787. Believe me,
I wouldn't have if I had any other alternative.
- 788. But I'm sorry... Listen, how are you?
I'm sorry. You doing okay?
- 789. Who is this?
- 790. Barton! I'm sorry. It's Barton Fink.
- 791. - Barton, I'm afraid it's not a good time.
- 792. I'm sorry, I just feel like I need...
- 793. I know I shouldn't ask.
I just need some kind of help, I just...
- 794. I have a deadline tomorrow.
- 795. All right, Barton. I'll see if I can slip away.
- 796. - If you could, I'd be...
- If I can.
- 797. He gets jealous.
- 798. I need help, Audrey.
- 799. I'll try to slip out if he quiets down,
- 800. I'm afraid he thinks...
- 801. Well, he said you were a buffoon, Barton.
- 802. Uh-huh.
- 803. He becomes irrational.
- 804. Uh-huh, uh-huh.
- 805. I'll see if I can slip away.
- 806. Who is that!
- 807. Audrey, thank you for coming.
- 808. Thank you.
- 809. - Hello, Barton.
- I'm sorry to be such a... Such a...
- 810. - Thank you.
- That's all right, Barton.
- 811. Everything's gonna be all right.
- 812. Yes. Thank you.
- 813. Thank you. Yes. Thank you.
- 814. How's Bill?
- 815. He's...
- 816. He drifted off. He'll sleep for a while now.
- 817. What is it you have to do, exactly?
- 818. Well...
- 819. I have to come up with an outline,
I guess you'd call it.
- 820. The story. The whole goddamn story.
- 821. Soup to nuts. Three acts.
The whole goddamn...
- 822. That's all right, Barton.
You don't have to write actual scenes.
- 823. No, but the whole goddamn...
- 824. Audrey,
- 825. have you ever read
any of Bill's wrestling scenarios?
- 826. Yes, I'm afraid I have.
- 827. What are they like? What are they about?
- 828. Well, usually they're simple morality tales.
- 829. There's a good wrestler and a bad wrestler
whom he confronts at the end.
- 830. In between the good wrestler has a love interest
- 831. or a small child he has to protect.
- 832. Bill would usually make the good wrestler
a backwoods type or a convict.
- 833. And sometimes, instead of a waif,
- 834. he'd have the wrestler
protecting an idiot man-child.
- 835. The studio always hated that.
- 836. Some of the scripts were so spirited.
- 837. Barton...
- 838. Look, it's really just a formula.
You don't have to type your soul into it.
- 839. We'll invent some names, a new setting.
I'll help you. Won't take any time at all.
- 840. I did it for Bill so many times.
- 841. You did what for Bill?
- 842. Well, this.
- 843. You wrote his scripts for him?
- 844. Well, the basic ideas were frequently his.
- 845. You wrote Bill's scripts?
- 846. Jesus, you wrote his...
- 847. What about before that?
- 848. - Before what?
- Before Bill came to Hollywood.
- 849. Bill was always the author, so to speak.
- 850. What do you mean "so to speak"?
- 851. Audrey, how long have you been his secretary?
- 852. Barton, I think we should
concentrate on our little project.
- 853. I wanna know how many of Bill's books you wrote.
- 854. - Barton...
- I wanna know!
- 855. Barton, honestly.
- 856. - Only the last couple.
- 857. And my input was mostly editorial, really.
- 858. After he'd been drinking.
- 859. I'll bet.
- 860. Jesus, the grand productive days.
- 861. What a goddamn phony.
- 862. W.P. Mayhew.
William goddamn Phony Mayhew.
- 863. All his guff about escape.
I'll say he escaped!
- 864. Well, we don't have much time.
- 865. It'll be fine.
- 866. Don't judge him, Barton.
- 867. Don't condescend to him.
- 868. I help Bill most by understanding him,
- 869. by appreciating him.
- 870. We all need understanding, Barton.
- 871. Even you, tonight.
- 872. It's all you really need.
- 873. Barton?
- 874. Barton, are you all right?
- 875. No, I'm fine, thank you.
- 876. - Are you sure?
- No, no.
- 877. Barton, are you all right?
- 878. No. Can I come in?
- 879. Let's go to your room.
- 880. Charlie, I'm in trouble. You gotta help me.
- 881. Get a grip on yourself, brother.
- 882. Whatever the problem is, we can sort it out.
- 883. Charlie, I'm in trouble.
Something horrible's happened.
- 884. I gotta call the police.
Will you stay with me till they get here?
- 885. Don't worry about it, Barton.
We can work it out.
- 886. Before you go in, I didn't do this.
- 887. I don't know how it happened, but I didn't...
- 888. I want you to know that.
- 889. Okay.
- 890. Jesus, Barton, what the hell is this?
What are we gonna do?
- 891. - I gotta call the police.
- Hold on. Hold on.
- 892. - I didn't do this, I did not do this.
- Hold on.
- 893. Hold on. Hold on! Stop.
- 894. Take a deep breath now.
- 895. - Tell me what happened.
- I passed out. I don't know.
- 896. - Won't the police be able to...
- Stop with the police!
- 897. Wake up, friend! This does not look good!
They hang people for this.
- 898. But I didn't do it. Don't you believe me?
- 899. I believe you, I know you.
Why should the police?
- 900. Did you...
- 901. Barton, between you and me,
did you have sexual intercourse?
- 902. Jesus, they can tell that.
- 903. They gotta believe me.
- 904. They gotta have mercy.
- 905. You're in pictures, Barton.
- 906. Even if they cleared you,
eventually, this would ruin you.
- 907. Come on, wait in the bathroom.
- 908. Oh, Lord. Oh, Lordy. Oh, my Lord.
- 909. You passed out.
- 910. Where's Audrey?
- 911. She's dead, Barton.
- 912. She's dead, if that was her name.
- 913. Barton, listen to me.
You gotta act as if nothing has happened.
- 914. Put this totally out of your head.
- 915. I know that's hard,
but your play from here on out
- 916. is just to go on about your business as usual.
- 917. Give us some time to sort this out.
- 918. Bart! So happy to see you.
- 919. Sit, talk. Relax for a minute, then talk.
- 920. Drink?
- 921. Ah...
- 922. Yeah.
- 923. Rye whiskey?
- 924. Boy, you writers work hard, play hard.
- 925. That's what I hear, anyway. Lou!
- 926. Anyway. Ben Geisler tells me
things are going along great.
- 927. Says we got a real winner in this one.
- 928. Let me tell you something, I'm counting on it.
- 929. I've taken an interest.
Nothing to fear, mind you.
- 930. Hardly seems necessary in your case.
A writer, a storyteller of your stature.
- 931. Give it to me in bold strokes, Bart.
- 932. Give me the broad outlines.
- 933. I'm sitting in the audience, the lights go down.
- 934. Capitol logo comes up.
- 935. You're on.
- 936. Yeah. Okay.
- 937. Well...
- 938. We fade in.
- 939. It's a tenement building on the Lower East Side.
- 940. Great. He's poor, this wrestler.
He's had to struggle.
- 941. And then...
- 942. Well...
- 943. Can I be honest, Mr. Lipnick?
- 944. Can you?
- 945. Jesus, you damn well better be.
- 946. If I wasn't honest in my business dealing...
- 947. Well, of course you can't always be honest,
- 948. not with the sharks swimming around this town.
- 949. But you're a writer,
you don't think about those things.
- 950. If I had been totally honest,
- 951. I wouldn't be within a mile of this pool
unless I was cleaning it.
- 952. But that's no reason for you not to be.
- 953. Honest, I mean. Not cleaning the pool.
- 954. To be honest, uh,
- 955. I'm never really comfortable
discussing work in progress.
- 956. I got it all worked out in my head,
- 957. if you force it into words prematurely,
- 958. the wrong words,
- 959. well, your meaning changes in...
- 960. Changes in your own mind
and you never get it back.
- 961. So I'd just as soon as not talk about it.
- 962. Mr. Fink, never mind me,
never mind how long I've been in pictures.
- 963. Mr. Lipnick has been in pictures
just about since they was invented.
- 964. He practically invented them.
- 965. I think if he's interested in what
one of his contract employees is doing,
- 966. that employee should be able to tell him,
- 967. if he wants to stay an employee.
- 968. Right now, the contents of your head
are the property of Capitol Pictures.
- 969. If I was you,
- 970. I would speak up and pretty goddamn fast.
- 971. You lousy kike
- 972. son of a bitch.
- 973. You're telling this man,
this artist, what to do?
- 974. - Mr. Lipnick, I...
- This man creates for a living.
- 975. Thank him for it, you son of a bitch,
or you're fired.
- 976. - Mr. Lipnick, that's really not necessary.
- Get down on your knees, you son of a bitch.
- 977. Get down on your knees and kiss this man's feet.
- 978. Mr. Lipnick, please.
- 979. Kiss this man's feet!
- 980. Get out of here! You understand me?
- 981. You're out of here. You're fired.
Get out of my sight.
- 982. - I...
- I apologize, Barton.
- 983. No, no.
Mr. Breeze actually has been a great help.
- 984. You don't have to cover for him.
It's very noble of you.
- 985. These things happen in business.
- 986. I really would feel much better
if you'd just reconsider.
- 987. Forget it, kid.
I want you to put it out of your head.
- 988. If that son of a bitch wouldn't
apologize to you, then goddamn it, I will.
- 989. I respect your artistry and your methods.
- 990. And if you can't fill us in yet, well, hell,
- 991. we should be kissing your feet
for your fine efforts.
- 992. You know...
- 993. In the old country we were taught
as very young children
- 994. that there's no shame in supplicating
yourself when you respect someone.
- 995. On behalf of Capitol Pictures,
- 996. and all of the stockholders,
- 997. please accept this as a symbol
of our apology and respect.
- 998. Barton, can I come in?
- 999. Jesus, you're leaving?
- 1000. I have to, old-timer, just for a little while.
- 1001. Jesus. Charlie, I...
- 1002. Everything's okay, believe me.
- 1003. I know it's rough, mentally,
but everything's been taken care of.
- 1004. Charlie, I got no one else here.
- 1005. You're the only person I know in Los Angeles
- 1006. that I can talk to.
- 1007. I feel like I'm losing my mind,
like I'm going crazy.
- 1008. I don't know what to do.
- 1009. I didn't do it, believe me,
I'm sure of that, Charlie, I...
- 1010. You gotta get a grip on, brother.
- 1011. You just gotta carry on,
just for a few days till I get back.
- 1012. Try and stay here, keep your door locked,
don't talk to anyone.
- 1013. We gotta keep our heads and we'll figure it out.
- 1014. - Okay, but what if...
- Don't argue with me.
- 1015. You asked me to believe you and I do.
Now don't argue with me.
- 1016. Look, pal, can you do something for me?
- 1017. Keep that for me till I get back.
- 1018. It's just a lot of personal stuff,
but I don't want to drag it with me.
- 1019. And I'd like to think it's in good hands.
- 1020. When everything that's important to a guy,
- 1021. everything he wants to keep from a lifetime,
- 1022. and he can fit it all into a little box like that.
- 1023. I guess...
- 1024. I guess it's pretty pathetic.
- 1025. It's more than I've got.
- 1026. Well, keep it for me,
maybe it'll bring you good luck.
- 1027. Yeah, it'll help you finish your script.
You'll think about me.
- 1028. Make me your wrestler,
then you'll lick that story of yours.
- 1029. Thanks, Charlie.
- 1030. Yeah, yeah, sure.
- 1031. I'll see you soon, friend. You'll be fine.
- 1032. And you'll be back?
- 1033. Don't worry about that, compadre.
I'll be back.
- 1034. Have you read the Bible, Pete?
- 1035. The Holy Bible?
- 1036. Yeah.
- 1037. Yeah, I think so.
- 1038. Anyway, I've heard about it.
- 1039. - Fink?
- 1040. - Detective Mastrionotti.
- Detective Deutsch.
- 1041. LAPD.
- 1042. Uh-huh.
- 1043. Got some questions we want to ask you.
- 1044. Just routine. Sit down.
- 1045. What do you do, Fink?
- 1046. I write.
- 1047. Yeah? What kind of writing?
- 1048. Well, as a matter of fact,
I write for the pictures.
- 1049. - Big fucking deal.
- Want my partner to kiss your ass?
- 1050. Would that be good enough for you?
- 1051. - No, I didn't mean to sound...
- What did you mean?
- 1052. I got respect for working guys like you.
- 1053. Jesus, ain't that a load off?
- 1054. - You live in 621?
- 1055. How long you been up there, Fink?
- 1056. A week. Eight, nine days.
- 1057. - Is this multiple choice?
- You know this slob?
- 1058. Yeah, he lives next door to me.
- 1059. That's right, Fink.
- 1060. - He lives next door to you.
- You ever talk to him?
- 1061. Once or twice.
- 1062. His name is Charlie Meadows.
- 1063. Yeah, and I'm Buck Rogers.
- 1064. His name's Mundt. Karl Mundt.
- 1065. Also known as Madman Mundt.
- 1066. A little funny in the head.
- 1067. - What did he...
- 1068. as in he likes to ventilate people
with a shotgun and then cut their heads off.
- 1069. Yeah, he's funny that way.
- 1070. He started in Kansas City.
A couple housewives.
- 1071. A couple of days ago we got
the same MO out at Los Feliz.
- 1072. - Doctor. Ear, nose and throat man.
- All of which is now missing.
- 1073. - Well, some of his throat was there.
- Physician, heal thyself.
- 1074. - Good luck with fucking no head.
- 1075. Hollywood Precinct
finds another stiff yesterday.
- 1076. Not too far from here.
This one's better looking than the doc.
- 1077. Female Caucasian, about 30 years old.
Nice tits, no head.
- 1078. Ever see Mundt with anyone
fits that description?
- 1079. But, you know, with the head still on.
- 1080. No. I never saw him with anyone else.
- 1081. So you did talk to Mundt. What about?
- 1082. Nothing really.
He said he was in the insurance business.
- 1083. Yeah, and he's Buck Rogers.
- 1084. No reputable company would hire a guy like that.
- 1085. Well, that's what he said.
- 1086. What else?
- 1087. I'm trying to think.
- 1088. Nothing, really. He...
- 1089. He said he liked Jack Oakie pictures.
- 1090. You know, ordinarily we say anything
you might remember could be helpful.
- 1091. But I'll be frank with you, Fink,
that is not helpful.
- 1092. Notice how he's not writing it down?
- 1093. Fink?
- 1094. That's a...
- 1095. A Jewish name, isn't it?
- 1096. Yeah.
- 1097. I didn't think this dump was restricted.
- 1098. Mundt has disappeared,
I don't think he'll be back.
- 1099. But give me a call if you see him.
- 1100. Or if you remember something
that isn't totally idiotic.
- 1101. "Fade in.
- 1102. "A young hussy opens the door
- 1103. "to the burlyman's apartment.
- 1104. "If you were a man,
- 1105. "a real man, you'd slap me.
- 1106. "I've put my mark on you.
- 1107. "Yours... Indelibly...
- 1108. "Me, I come out feeling sick.
- 1109. "That's it, that's it, champ.
- 1110. "Fade in. Maury's house.
- 1111. "Painted women. In the air, the burlyman...
- 1112. "Bright blue oyster...
- 1113. "With one light move...
- 1114. "The burlyman... She's a good woman.
- 1115. "I don't care what
- 1116. "people say, life must...
- 1117. "Tell Burlyman we have to deduct
those expenses from his purse.
- 1118. "I don't care.
It's lonely after all these years... "
- 1119. Hold the line, sir,
I have your call.
- 1120. Hello, operator? I can't...
- 1121. Oh, God.
- 1122. - Hello?
- Garland, it's me.
- 1123. Barton? What time is it? Are you all right?
- 1124. Yeah, I'm fine. I have to talk to you, Garland.
- 1125. I'm calling long distance.
- 1126. What is it, Barton? Are you okay?
- 1127. Yeah, I'm fine, Garland,
but I have to talk to you.
- 1128. It's about what I'm writing.
- 1129. I think
- 1130. it's really...
- 1131. I think it's really big.
- 1132. - What do you mean?
- Not big in the sense of large,
- 1133. although it's that, too. I mean important.
- 1134. This may be the most important work
I've ever done.
- 1135. Barton, is everything okay?
- 1136. You sound a little...
- 1137. Sound a little what?
- 1138. You sound a little...
- 1139. Thanks, Garland.
Thanks for all the encouragement.
- 1140. Nitwit.
- 1141. Excuse me, buddy. Mind if I cut in?
- 1142. This is my dance, sailor.
- 1143. Hey, come on, buddy, I'm shipping out tomorrow.
- 1144. I'm a writer, celebrating
the completion of something good.
- 1145. - Do you understand that, sailor?
Beat it, creep.
- 1146. Come on, buddy, give the navy a dance.
- 1147. Let somebody else spin the dame.
- 1148. Step aside, four eyes.
- 1149. Hey, 4F, take a hike.
- 1150. Suck an egg.
- Go sit on a tomato.
- 1151. I'm a writer, you monsters. I create.
- 1152. I create for a living!
- 1153. I'm a creator! I am a creator!
- 1154. He's screwy.
- This is my uniform.
- 1155. This is how I serve the common man.
This is where I...
- 1156. Get 'em, boys.
- 1157. "Where is my little boy?
- 1158. "He left this morning.
- 1159. "Said he had a job to do.
- 1160. "There was something in his eyes.
- 1161. "What's to become of him?
- 1162. "We'll be hearing
from that crazy wrestler,
- 1163. "and I don't mean a postcard.
- 1164. "Fade out. The end. "
- 1165. I thought you said you were a writer.
- 1166. Now I don't know, Duke.
I kind of liked it.
- 1167. Keep your filthy eyes off of that.
- 1168. You made
the morning papers, Fink.
- 1169. Second one of your friends
to wind up dead.
- 1170. You do get around, don't you, Fink?
- 1171. - You didn't tell us you knew the dame.
- Sixth floor too high for you, Fink?
- 1172. Give you nosebleeds?
- 1173. Just tell me one thing, Fink.
Where'd you put the heads?
- 1174. Charlie. Charlie's back.
- 1175. No kidding, bright boy.
We smelled Mundt all over this.
- 1176. Was he the idea man?
- 1177. Tell us where the heads are.
Maybe they'll go easy on you.
- 1178. Only fry you once.
- 1179. Could you two come back later?
- 1180. It's just too hot, my head is killing me.
- 1181. All right, forget the heads.
Where's Mundt, Fink?
- 1182. - He teach you how to do it?
- You two have some sick sex thing?
- 1183. Sex?
- 1184. He's a man. We wrestled.
- 1185. You're a sick fuck, Fink.
- 1186. Charlie's back.
- 1187. It's hot, he's back.
- 1188. Fred.
- 1189. Sit tight, Fink.
- 1190. Why is it so goddamn hot out here?
- 1191. Duke.
- 1192. Mundt!
- 1193. Mundt! Show yourself.
- 1194. There's a boy, Mundt.
- 1195. Put the policy case down
and your mitts in the air.
- 1196. He's complying.
- 1197. Look upon me!
- 1198. I'll show you the life of the mind!
- 1199. Look upon me!
- 1200. I'll show you the life of the mind!
I'll show you the life of the mind!
- 1201. I'll show you the life of the mind!
- 1202. I will show you the life of the mind!
- 1203. Heil Hitler.
- 1204. Barton.
- 1205. Brother, is it hot.
- 1206. How you been, buddy?
- 1207. Don't look at me like that.
- 1208. It's just me, Charlie.
- 1209. I hear it's Mundt. Madman Mundt.
- 1210. Jesus, people can be cruel.
- 1211. If it's not my build, it's my personality.
- 1212. They say I'm a madman, Bart,
but I'm not mad at anyone.
- 1213. Honest, I'm not.
- 1214. Most guys I just feel sorry for.
- 1215. It tears me up inside to think about
what they're going through,
- 1216. how trapped they are.
- 1217. I understand it.
- 1218. I feel for them.
- 1219. So I try and help them out.
- 1220. Jesus.
- 1221. Yeah. Yeah.
- 1222. I know what it feels like when
things get all balled up at the head office.
- 1223. It puts you through hell, Barton.
- 1224. So I help people out.
- 1225. I just wish someone would do as much for me.
- 1226. Jesus, it's hot.
- 1227. Sometimes it gets so hot
I want to crawl right out of my skin.
- 1228. But, Charlie, why me?
- 1229. - Why...
- Because you don't listen!
- 1230. Jesus, I'm dripping again.
- 1231. Come on, Barton.
- 1232. You think you know pain?
- 1233. You think I made your life hell?
- 1234. Take a look around this dump.
- 1235. You're just a tourist with a typewriter,
Barton, I live here.
- 1236. Don't you understand that?
- 1237. And you come into my home,
- 1238. and you complain
- 1239. that I'm making too much noise.
- 1240. I'm sorry.
- 1241. Don't be.
- 1242. I'll be next door if you need me.
- 1243. Oh,
- 1244. I dropped in on your folks
in New York and Uncle Maury.
- 1245. Good people.
- 1246. By the way, that package I gave you,
- 1247. I lied. It isn't mine.
- 1248. Fink. Samuel or Lillian Fink.
85 Fulton Street.
- 1249. I under...
- Or Uncle Maury.
- 1250. I understand that, sir,
but there's still no answer.
- 1251. Mr. Fink!
- 1252. Shall I check for trouble on the line?
- 1253. Fink.
- 1254. Mr. Lipnick?
- 1255. Colonel Lipnick, if you don't mind. Sit down.
- 1256. I was commissioned yesterday
in the Army Reserve.
- 1257. Henry Morgenthau arranged it. Dear friend.
- 1258. Congratulations.
- 1259. Well, actually it hasn't officially
gone through yet.
- 1260. I had wardrobe whip this up.
- 1261. You gotta pull teeth
to get anything done in this town.
- 1262. I can understand a little red tape in peacetime,
- 1263. but now it's all-out warfare against the Japs.
- 1264. Little yellow bastards.
They'd love to see me sit this one out.
- 1265. Yes, sir. They...
- 1266. Anyway. I had Lou read your script for me.
- 1267. I gotta tell you, Fink.
- 1268. It won't wash.
- 1269. With all due respect, sir,
I think it's the best work I've done.
- 1270. Don't gas me, Fink.
- 1271. If your opinion mattered,
I guess I'd resign or let you run the studio.
- 1272. Well, it doesn't and you won't.
- 1273. Now, the lunatics are not
gonna run this particular asylum,
- 1274. so let's put a stop to that rumor right now.
- 1275. Yes, sir.
- 1276. I had to call Beery this morning,
- 1277. tell him we're pushing the picture back,
- 1278. after all I'd told him about quality,
about that Barton Fink feeling.
- 1279. How disappointed we were.
- 1280. Wally was heartbroken, the man was devastated.
- 1281. He was...
- 1282. Well, I didn't actually call him, Lou did.
- 1283. But that's a fair description, isn't it, Lou?
- 1284. Yes, Colonel.
- 1285. Hell, I could take you through it step by step
explaining why your story stinks.
- 1286. But I won't insult your intelligence.
Well, all right.
- 1287. First of all, this is a wrestling picture.
- 1288. The audience wants to see action, adventure,
wrestling and plenty of it.
- 1289. They don't want to see
a guy wrestling with his soul.
- 1290. Well, all right, a little bit for the critics.
- 1291. But you make it the carrot that wags the dog.
- 1292. Too much of it, they head for the exits.
I don't blame them.
- 1293. There's plenty of poetry
right inside that ring, Fink.
- 1294. Look at Hell, Ten Feet Square.
- 1295. - Blood, Sweat and Canvas.
- Blood, Sweat and Canvas.
- 1296. These are big movies, Fink,
about big men, in tights!
- 1297. Both physically and mentally.
- 1298. Especially physically.
- 1299. We don't put Wally Beery
in a fruity movie about suffering.
- 1300. I thought we were together on that.
- 1301. Sorry if I let you down.
- 1302. You didn't let me down, Fink, or even Lou.
- 1303. We don't live or die by what you scribble.
You let Ben Geisler down.
- 1304. He liked you, trusted you.
And that's why he's gone, he's fired.
- 1305. That man had a heart as big as
the all outdoors and you fucked him.
- 1306. He tried to convince me
to fire you, too, but no, that'd be too easy.
- 1307. Now, you're under contract.
You're gonna stay that way.
- 1308. Anything you write is gonna be the property
of Capitol Pictures
- 1309. and Capitol Pictures
is not gonna produce anything you write.
- 1310. Not until you grow up a little.
- 1311. You ain't no writer, Fink,
you're a goddamn write-off.
- 1312. I tried to show you something beautiful.
- 1313. Something about all of us.
- 1314. You arrogant son of a bitch.
- 1315. You think you're the only writer
that can give me that Barton Fink feeling?
- 1316. I got 20 writers under contract
I can ask for a Fink-type thing from!
- 1317. You swell-headed hypocrite,
you just don't get it, do you?
- 1318. You think the whole world revolves around
- 1319. whatever rattles inside
that little kike head of yours.
- 1320. Get him out of my sight, Lou.
- 1321. I want him in town, though.
He's still under contract.
- 1322. I want you in town, Fink, and out of my sight.
- 1323. Now get lost.
- 1324. There's a war on.
- 1325. It's a beautiful day.
- 1326. Huh?
- 1327. I said it's a beautiful day.
- 1328. Yes. It is.
- 1329. What's in the box?
- 1330. I don't know.
- 1331. Isn't it yours?
- 1332. I don't know.
- 1333. You're very beautiful.
- 1334. Are you in pictures?
- 1335. Don't be silly.