The Big Lebowski
Directed by Joel Coen
Running time: 119 minutes
Produced and directed by brothers Joel and Ethan Coen in 1997, The Big Lebowski is a surreal masterpiece that has become a cult classic. Baffling serious film critics on its release with its unconventional dialogue and eclectic methods, it has inspired generations of fanatical fans and even 'Lebowski' conventions. Starring Jeff Bridges as pot-bellied anti-hero Jeff Lebowski, AKA 'The Dude', a perpetually stoned Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler, the plot centres around a case of confused identity, where 'The Dude' gets mistaken for the 'other' Lebowksi; a millionaire caught up in criminal activity. Loosely referencing The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler, The Big Lebowski exemplifies the pastiche genre of 90s cinema, and is littered with playful and subversive references to film history, especially 'film noir' and its hard-boiled detectives. The film stars Julianne Moore, John Goodman, John Tuturro and Steve Buscemi in some of their most memorable roles, a farcical collection of characters whose steady cascade of hilarious dialogue nearly supersedes their part in the film's meandering plot. Narrated by a lonely cowboy (Sam Elliott), and featuring an elaborate musical dream sequence, The Big Lebowski is a truly idiosyncratic movie – a comedy that gets better with repetition but one that could be tinged with bitterness, hinting at money's potential to destroy and corrupt.
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