Irish Film Institute -THE BIG LEBOWSKI


Director: JOEL COEN

117 minutes| U.S.A.| 1998| Colour| Dolby Stereo| 35mm

This film screened 28th February 2010.

Still a major cult movie, The Big Lebowski is the Coen brothers’ funniest creation and probably the film for which Jeff Bridges is now best known. Jeffrey Lebowski (Bridges), aka the Dude, is a laid-back Los Angeles stoner (‘high in the runnin’ for laziest man worldwide’) who spends much of his time chatting with fellow bowling fanatics Walter (John Goodman), a motor-mouth Vietnam veteran, and Donny (Steve Buscemi), a nice guy who’s always one step behind.??The Coens throw Jeff and his pals into a Raymond Chandler-style plot involving mistaken identity and the kidnapping of the wife of a millionaire (also named Lebowski). The complicated story is amusing in itself, but the real pleasures of the film have more to do with the terrific characterisations (Bridges and Goodman are awesome), the imaginative flights of fancy, and the Coens’ characteristically sharp observations on the zanier aspects of 1990s American culture.

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