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35mm The Coen Brothers' BARTON FINK at the Vista, Los Feliz

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Vista Theatre

4473 Sunset Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90027

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Part of our IN THE BEGINNING, THERE WERE THE COENS series. Saturday, September 28, 2019 @ 11:59p, The Vista: BARTON FINK (1991, Fox, dir by Joel and Ethan Coen, 35mm)

We conclude our series of early Coen Brothers’ movies with their fourth outing Barton Fink. I’ve read that the Coens have only ever once considered making a sequel to any of their movies and oddly enough it’s this one.

In the sequel, they imagine revisiting Barton who is now an old professor at Berkeley. They have thought about calling it Old Fink.

Barton Fink is really the first Coen Brothers’ movie where they lay it all on the table in terms of some of their philosophical wrestling with what it means to be a moviemaker and what the job of a moviemaker might be.

What’s fascinating about Barton Fink is that the Coen firmly and squarely take to task all creative folks who say they want to write movies for the common people but spend absolutely no time with the common people.

John Turturro gives one of his greatest performances for the Coen Brothers as Barton Fink, a mildly successful New York playwright, who comes out to Hollywood to make some money and write some screenplays.

When he gets writer’s block, Fink develops a friendship with traveling salesman Charlie Meadows (played brilliantly by John Goodman) who lives in the hotel room next to Fink’s. But while Meadows is always eager to tell Barton stories about his own life, Barton constantly interrupts Charlie to opine about his views on the common man.

Later in the movie when a series of strange twists and turns leads to a dead woman being in Barton’s bed, Barton comes to realize he doesn’t understand the common man at all. And all his confidence in his artistic prowess melts away as he realizes he doesn’t really understand the way the world works at all. . .

Barton Fink was reportedly written by the Coen Brothers during a period of writer’s block while they were working on Miller’s Crossing. Rather than figure out a particularly sticky plot point, they wrote Fink.

What came out was one of the most unsettling and insightful movies of their career. The ending is still a shocker and a stunner after all these years.

Join us for the movie that would become the hinge to the Coen Brothers’ mid period brilliance. And the only Coen Brothers’ movie to win the Palm D’Or at Cannes. . .

Best always,

Craig Hammill

35mm Secret Movie Club Programmer.Organizer


TICKETS: Tickets for all our events are available online at https://secretmovieclub.eventbrite.com or through each individual event on our Facebook Page:


Unless otherwise noted, all our movies screen at The Vista Theater, 4473 Sunset Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

We currently are showing 1-2 documentaries with Director Q&A's afterwards a season at the Los Feliz 3, 1822 North Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027; about 8 blocks from the Vista Theater in Los Feliz.

We also make tickets available at the Vista Box Office.

REFUNDS: We will honor all refund requests as long as they are made 24 hours or more before the listed start time of the screening. After that, no refunds. Sorry.

HOW DOES A SECRET MOVIE CLUB 2019 SINGLE SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS WORK: If you buy an SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS (access to all movies we’re showing within one season or multi-seasons as listed on the pass), you get entrance into every single movie we show throughout that time (including any special events we may announce at a later time; so your value may increase!). We offer SPRING and SUMMER 2019 SEASON PASSES individually (for example, if you know you will be able to attend in Spring but not Summer; a great deal at $6 a ticket) and a MULTI-SEASON PASS (all 83 events in both Spring & Summer 2019, our best deal at $4.50 per ticket). These passes are available through the following EVENTBRITE LINK:


If you decide to buy the SEASON or MULTI-SEASON ALL-ACCESS PASS and have already bought a series pass or individual ticket, just write us: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com and we’ll issue you a refund for the individual tickets you bought so you can get the all-access pass.

Each pass is available for purchase online until the start of the first event of the season that would be covered by that pass.

With the ALL-ACCESS PASS, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

HOW DOES A SERIES PASS WORK: If you buy an Individual Series Pass, you gain entrance to all movies in that series. This is our next best deal at $9 a ticket after an All-Access pass at $4.50 or $6.00 a ticket. If you want to see all the movies in a particular series but not necessarily all the movies in a season this is the way to go.

The price of each Series Pass depends on how many movies we show in that series. So for instance if we are showing 7 movies in the series, the pass would cost $63 (or $9 per movie). If we are showing 4 movies in that series, the pass would cost $36, and so on.

You can buy the Series Pass through any individual Eventbrite link for a movie in that series. Then, we generate a special list with your name on it. All you have to do is come to our table ahead of each movie, give us your name, and get your ticket.

MOVIEPASS AND OTHER PASSES LIKE IT (as of February 2019): While we do accept and want you to use your special passes, we advise all moviegoers to first check the current rules and regulations of their pass to make sure their pass is accepted for our events. Secret Movie Club and the Vista Theater are not associated with nor responsible for any changes in policy on the part of any outside vendor offering a pass to Los Angeles screenings or any similar service.

CONCESSIONS: The Vista Concessions stand is open for all our events. So you will always have access to popcorn, soda, candy, coffee the works!

PARKING: The Vista has no dedicated parking lot. Thankfully, there is parking in the residential areas around the Vista Theater. Just plan to get to the theater 20 minutes earlier than normal so you have enough time to park, walk to the theater, get your tickets, get in line. Make sure you read the street signs! Hillhurst and Sunset Drive tend to be the best for street parking. Avoid Rosalia and Commonwealth as they have permit-only parking rules. We don’t want any Secret Movie Clubbers getting parking tickets.

SHOWTIMES: We screen our movies before or after the Vista’s official movies. This is why most of our showtimes are either at 11:59pm or between 10am-11am in the morning. Always check the listed showtime before buying your ticket as we do sometimes have to adjust the showtime to accommodate the running time of the movie.

MAILING LIST: We started as a secret email list way back in April of 2016. In respect to our origins, we will always announce our upcoming seasons, special events, and speakers with the ability to get tickets via the email list first before posting to Facebook or anywhere else. If you’d like to get on the secret email list, email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com.

OTHER QUESTIONS: You can always email us at: secretmovieclub@curiousproductions.com . We work to respond asap within receipt of your email. If you don't get a response within 48 hours, please email us again.

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