The Haunted Writers of ‘Barton Fink’ and ‘The Shining’

An exclusive video essay.
The Shining
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By  · Published on May 26th, 2017

Though they are drastically different films, the Coen Brothers’ Barton Fink and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining share more in common than you might think, especially when it comes to their depictions of haunted writers. And though these hauntings manifest in extremely different ways, they are both brought on by the same impetus: writer’s block.

In the following video essay, I’ve taken a look at the similarities and differences in the hauntings of Barton Fink and Jack Torrance to discover what each says about the link between the creative process and mental health.


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