Friday, 31 March 2017

The 8th Hall Of Fame Inductee Representing Comedic Film - The Big Lebowski (1998) - Joel Coen

Upon its initial release in 1998, The Big Lebowski, Joel and Ethan Coen’s follow-up to the critical and financial success of 1996’s Fargo, was met with mixed reviews and a disappointing take at the box-office. However, since then the film’s reputation and status has grown exponentially, being seen by many as a quintessential cult classic. The film features the offbeat, often surreal humour that we have come to associate with the Coens, a collection of strange and wonderful characters played by the likes of regular collaborators John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Peter Stormare and many more (namely Jeff Bridges iconic Jeffrey ‘The Dude’ Lebowski), an eclectic soundtrack and a convoluted story that weaves together the weird, the zany and a little mix of classic Hollywood noir. This is among the strangest of strange detective stories, with our hapless, laid-back stoner protagonist getting caught in all manner of shenanigans. Other collaborators such as Carter Burwell and Roger Deakins each contribute greatly to the overall creative process. It is a film whose lore and culture have emerged almost as an entity in it’s own right. Beginning in Louisville, Kentucky in 2002, Lebowski Fest, an annual festival devoted to the film, involves screenings of the picture, contests involving trivia and costumes, musical performances and, of course, bowling. The religion Dudeism was founded in 2005, devoted to spreading the philosophy and lifestyle of the film’s main character. Indeed, I myself am one who can counted among the over two-hundred thousand strong officially ordained priests in The Church Of The Latter-Day Dude. It is a phenomenon that can ultimately be attributed to the construction of a wonderful, self-contained universe of infinite possibilities. This is what a work of true labor, love and respect looks like. The Dude Abides, man…

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