Revealing mistake: In the scene where John Goodman is facing off with the cops, the walls of the hotel catch fire as Goodman runs down the hallway towards the cops. You can easily see the pyrotechnic cord strung along the wall.
Barton Fink's screenplay gets thrown out by Lipnick, but he keeps him under contract to teach him a lesson. Mundt is the devil, and the hotel is hell. He's a mass murderer, and gives Barton a head in a box. It ends with Barton at the sea and looking at a woman, who's actually the woman from the picture.
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