The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History Of The Greatest Cult Film Of All Time

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The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History Of The Greatest Cult Film Of All Time

by Jenny M. Jones

Voyageur Press | September 15, 2012 | Hardcover

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Whether contending with nihilists, botching a kidnapping pay-off, watching as his beloved rug is micturated upon, or simply bowling and drinking Caucasians, the Dude-or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing-abides. As embodied by Jeff Bridges, the main character of the 1998 Coen brothers' film The Big Lebowski is a modern hero who has inspired festivals, burlesque interpretations, and even a religion (Dudeism). In time for the fifteenth anniversary of The Big Lebowski, film author and curator Jenny M. Jones tells the full story of the Dude, from how the Coen brothers came up with the idea for a modern LA noir to never-been-told anecdotes about the film's production, its critical and commercial reception, and, finally, how it came to be such an international cult hit. Achievers, as Lebowski fans call themselves, will discover many hidden truths, including why it is that Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) is so obsessed with Vietnam, what makes Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi) so confused all the time, how the film defies genre, and what unexpected surprise Bridges got during filming of the Gutterballs dream sequence. (Hint: it involved curly wigs and a gurney.) Interspersed throughout are sidebars, interviews with members of the film's cast and crew, scene breakdowns, guest essays by prominent experts on Lebowski language, music, filmmaking techniques, and more, and hundreds of photographs-including many of artwork inspired by the film.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 216 pages, 4.43 × 3.74 × 0.35 in

Published: September 15, 2012

Publisher: Voyageur Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760342792

ISBN - 13: 9780760342794

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The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated History Of The Greatest Cult Film Of All Time

by Jenny M. Jones

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 216 pages, 4.43 × 3.74 × 0.35 in

Published: September 15, 2012

Publisher: Voyageur Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0760342792

ISBN - 13: 9780760342794

Table of Contents

Contents   Prologue   Part I B.L.: The Coens before Lebowski The Coen Brothers: The Early Years Blood Not So Simple The Early Filmmaking Career of the Two-Headed Director   Part II The Seeds of Production: Origin of The Big Lebowski , an L.A. Story A Rug That Tied the Plot Together Welcome to the Hotel California: The Lebowski Characters as Elements of L.A. His Dudeness. Duder. El Duderino. The Three Faces of Walter Sobchak Maude Lebowski and the Fluxus Movement The Lebowski Cycle , by Joe Forkan The Anti-Hollywood: The Pornographers The Nihilists: Believing in “Nossing” Pot Culture and the Dude The Dude Rolls Evolution of the Style: The Retro Look of Brunswick Bowling and Googie Architecture The Wide World of Bowling Sports     The Jetsons Styling of Googie Architecture Pulling the Disparate Pieces Together Part III The Making of The Big Lebowski Wordsmithing the Script Casting the Principal Players (The League) Jeff Bridges: The Elite Everyman, by Gail Levin The Lebowski Family Tree                   The Big Lebowski Production and Postproduction Scene Scrutiny: Micturating Thugs, Flying Carpets, and Dancing Landlords Roll Scenes I: The Dude’s Bungalow Cast Stories from the Bungalow Scenes Roll Scene II: The Thief of L.A. Roll Scene III: The Dance Moderne / Marty the Landlord’s “Cycle”   Part IV  Genre-ben
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Whether contending with nihilists, botching a kidnapping pay-off, watching as his beloved rug is micturated upon, or simply bowling and drinking Caucasians, the Dude-or El Duderino if you're not into the whole brevity thing-abides. As embodied by Jeff Bridges, the main character of the 1998 Coen brothers' film The Big Lebowski is a modern hero who has inspired festivals, burlesque interpretations, and even a religion (Dudeism). In time for the fifteenth anniversary of The Big Lebowski, film author and curator Jenny M. Jones tells the full story of the Dude, from how the Coen brothers came up with the idea for a modern LA noir to never-been-told anecdotes about the film's production, its critical and commercial reception, and, finally, how it came to be such an international cult hit. Achievers, as Lebowski fans call themselves, will discover many hidden truths, including why it is that Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) is so obsessed with Vietnam, what makes Theodore Donald "Donny" Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi) so confused all the time, how the film defies genre, and what unexpected surprise Bridges got during filming of the Gutterballs dream sequence. (Hint: it involved curly wigs and a gurney.) Interspersed throughout are sidebars, interviews with members of the film's cast and crew, scene breakdowns, guest essays by prominent experts on Lebowski language, music, filmmaking techniques, and more, and hundreds of photographs-including many of artwork inspired by the film.

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"Mark it eight, Dude."
 
What do you do for recreation? If your answer is that you bowl, drive around, and have the occasional acid flashback, you are probably the Dude, the hero of the Coen brothers' ingenious 1998 film The Big Lebowski.
 
If your answer is instead, "I watch The Big Lebowski," then this book is for you. This is the first comprehensive, illustrated history of the film, complete with never-been-told stories from members of the cast and crew, sidebars on everything from the Dude's drink of choice (the White Russian, or, as he calls it, the "Caucasian") to Marty the Landlord's interpretive dance, and guest essays by such Lebowski experts as the founder of the religion of Dudeism and the owner of the Little Lebowski Shop in New York. Richly illustrated throughout, this book is funny, insightful, and will make you appreciate Lebowski on a whole new level.
 
Trust us when we (the royal "we," you know, the editorial) say that this book will really tie your room together.

 

About the Author

Jenny M. Jones is the author of The Annotated Godfather: The Complete Screenplay. She has worked in film exhibition at the Northwest Film Center in Portland, Oregon, and the late, great Oak Street Cinema and the Walker Art Center, both in Minneapolis, Minnesota. At the Walker, she helped organize a complete 35mm retrospective of the work of Joel and Ethan Coen and an onstage conversation with the brothers. Like Ethan, her work history also includes a brief stint at the legendary Embers Restaurant. She currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota, with her daughter Madeline.
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