"Writers come and go...we always need Indians." "Why don't you drop by my bungalow this afternoon... and we will discuss wrestling scenarios...and other things literary." "To forge reality out of everyday life..." "The common man will still be here when you get back. Who knows? They may even have one or two of them out in Hollywood." This wonderful, dark, satiric, sardonic commentary on "noble" writers...and the Hollywood system is so rich in crafty and satiric lines that you almost are forced to go back and watch the film over and over again just to get them all. "Barton Fink" is a wonder to behold...to absorb...to be in awe of...and in jaw-dropping "horror" of...you almost feel like the first-night audience at the stage production of "Springtime for Hitler" in Mel Brooks' hilarious film, "The Producers." As the person watching "Barton Fink," you just can' quite believe the genius, the wit, the dark satirical vision at work right in front of your eyes...so, disbelief...and nervous laughter...and hilarious acceptance finally overcome you...the vision is so dark, and "awful" (especially the last scenes in the hotel) that even a burning apocalypse and madness and death seem... finally...horribly hilarious. Fictional "reality" as satire and sardonic commentary becomes nihilistic vision...accompanied by laughter and feelings of guilt that you shouldn't be having so much fun in the face of such dark happenings. The quickest comparison which comes to mind in trying to place this wonderful Coen vision is Nathanael West's *Day of the Locusts.* That, too, is a very dark, satirical, and horrible vision of Hollywood and ends equally with an apocalyptic vision of destruction. This film is so witty...and deliciously "wicked" in a most satirical and sardonic way...that it would not get old even after 5,280 viewings. The sharp edge... the cheeky wit...the cutting cleverness...just get better and better with each viewing! "Seeing is [not] believing" in this case...seeing is experiencing chutzpa raised to the level of finest art... they don't get much better...more inventive...more clever...more wonderfully satiric than this!