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This book was reat a must read for any fan of the coen brothers andor modern and noir film fans Some wonderful framing and analysis though I d like to see a wider range of sources and approaches to the film a feature of many of the BFI series All of the BFI series books I ve read so far are outstanding and insightful and this one is no different Definitely aimed towards the fan it points out little details you probably don t notice or at least that I didn t notice and points out the Raymond Chandler tie ins Recommended for all Brother Shamus Contains a few interesting insights notably the way the stylistic mish mash of the film resembles the variety of isolated subcultures of Los Angeles and the way the film fits into an oeuvre spanning critiue of masculinity on the part of the Coens a late comparison to authors of postmodern literature such as David Foster Wallace and Dave Eggers was intriguing but was thrown in the mix much too late to become substanti In their analysis of The Big Lebowski the authors catch the anti materialism warmth and humanity in the work of Joel and Ethan Coen that too many critics who label them as cold stylists or postmodern ironists keep missing Didn t tell me much I didn t know Since its release nearly ten years ago The Big Lebowski has become a cult classic with a worldwide following having survived the baffled reaction of many mainstream critics Its fans tend to be fanatical congregating at 'Lebowski Conventions' in bowling alleys across American and Britain and even dressing up as characters from the film Among the funniest films of the last twenty five years and one of the high water marks of 1990s enre recycling and pastiche The Big Lebowski is also littered wit.
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Lassic monograph by JM Tyree and Ben Walters I am really enjoying this series There s basically four sections and the first The mix tape Movie discusses the seemingly unrelated discrepancies in the film like the Dude s friendship with Walter the dream seuences and that picture of Nixon bowling in the Dude s room Section Two Out of the Past discusses the film in connection to Howard Hawks film version of The Big Sleep and the novel it was adapted from by Raymond Chandler The third section What Makes A Man is concerned with the Coen s concept of masculinity and the idea of the hero in connection with subverting Chandler s version of the modern noir hero And the last section The Religion of Laughter looks at the really important themes of the film that counteract the criticism of the Coens being cold calculating and heartless in their film making the film is essentially about the friendship and democratic fun that bowling ives people It was another chance to revisit a film that never fails to entertain on repeat viewings the mark of a true classic Mostly unnecessary but plenty diverting It pointed out a number of allusions I d missed but the real prize is finally figuring out what the human parauat line is all abou. S is a surprisingly humane account of what fools we mortals be It is one of the oddest buddy films ever made with extraordinary performances by Jeff Bridges and John Goodman In this study The Big Lebowski is set into the context of 1990s Hollywood cinema anatomised for its witty relationship with the classics which it satirises and discussed in terms of its key theme the hopeless flailing of ridiculously unmanly men in the world of discombobulated mixed up or put on identities that is Los Angel.
Bout Lebowski or its production though it did make a Notorious Pleasures (Maiden Lane, great argument for the Dude as aenuine hero with a defined moral code tying together the Big Lebowski s line about what is a man with the use Dylan s The Man in Me and the Dude s actions throughout Read it in one sitting or less and it was far from the most unpleasant way I ve ever passed a few hours A The Oracles Golem (The Oracle good book and thorough I have struggled with this film Tried watching it twice years apart andot about halfway thinking what s the fucking point here But recently on cable I caught some of the back half including the trippy dream seuence and saw there was Measuring the Subjective Well-Being of Nations going on And this here little book has helped show me the way I think Iet it now I stand corrected I too will abide I deeply respect the Coens though they have always been hit or miss for me loved Fargo Llewyn Davis Buster Scruggs and No Country and well enjoyed O Brother Barton Fink Man Who Wasn t There and Serious Man but didn t at all care for Raising Arizona Hail Caesar Miller s Crossing or Blood Simple and maybe it s life s lack of perfect formula that makes it so damn interesting Some unexpected free time this April allowed me to revisit the Coen brothers classic The Big Lebowski via the BFI Film H playful and subversive references to film history especially to Raymond Chandler's world of hardboiled detective classics and the world of film noir The Big Lebowski is the rarest kind of film a comedy whose jokes become funnier with repetition The same oes for its multitudinous jukebox like references to other films many of which open up vistas for intertextual interpretation Underneath the film's breakneck pacing and foul mouthed characters a farcical collection of flakes losers and phonie.
JM Tyree is the Nonfiction Editor of New England Review He was a Keasbey Scholar at Trinity College Cambridge and a Truman Capote Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in Fiction at Stanford University He currently teaches as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at VCUarts Virginia Commonwealth University