J.M. Tyree: The Big Lebowski



Ki via the BFI Film Classic 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 ero in connection with subverting Chandler s version of the modern noir Wylde Bears (Wylde Bears, 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 andeartless in their film making the film is essentially about the friendship and democratic fun that bowling gives people It was another chance to revisit a film that never fails to entertain on repeat viewings the mark of a true classic 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 Shamu. S is a surprisingly umane 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 opeless flailing of ridiculously unmanly men in the world of discombobulated mixed up or put on identities that is Los Angel.

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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 substantively developed in any way Overall the authors spend a lot of time fleshing out ideas that are not Arise hugely original and thus fail to shed much new light on the subject matter only elucidating in slightly greater detail what s already fairly widely understood They mentioned in the beginning that theyoped not to overwhelm the comedy of the film by focusing overly much on the themes but Archies Americana, Vol. 1 honestly they really don t do the comedy or the themes justice And my goodness there are some jarring factual errorsere for example the claim that John Travolta is reading Madame Bovary on the toilet in Pulp Fiction instead of the could The Book Thief hardly be different Modesty Blaise Iave struggled with this film Tried watching it twice years apart and got about Talk to Me halfway thinking what s the fucking pointere But recently on cable I caught some of the back Silver Mortal (The Gracen Chronicles, half including the trippy dream seuence and saw there was going on And thisere little book as elped show me the way I think. Since its release nearly ten years ago The Big Lebowski as become a cult classic with a worldwide following aving 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 igh water marks of 1990s genre recycling and pastiche The Big Lebowski is also littered wit.

I get it now I stand corrected I too will abide I deeply respect the Coens though they ave always been Mr. Malcolms List hit or miss for me loved Fargo Llewyn Davis Buster Scruggs and No Country and well enjoyed O Brother Barton Fink Man Who 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 Didn t tell me much I didn t know about Lebowski or its production though it did make a great argument for the Dude as a genuineero 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 GURPS Conspiracy X hours Mostly unnecessary but plenty diverting It pointed out a number of allusions I d missed but the real prize is finally figuring out what theuman parauat line is all about A good book and thorough this book was great a must read for any fan of the coen brothers andor modern and noir film fans In their analysis of The Big Lebowski the authors catch the anti materialism warmth and umanity in the work of Joel and Ethan Coen that too many critics who label them as cold stylists or postmodern ironists keep missing Some unexpected free time this April allowed me to revisit the Coen brothers classic The Big Lebows. H playful and subversive references to film istory especially to Raymond Chandler's world of ardboiled 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 goes 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