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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 Dudeor El Duderino if youre not into the whole brevity thingabides. As embodied by Jeff Bridges, the main character of the 1998 Coen brothers film The Big Lebowskiis 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 films 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 films cast and crew, scene breakdowns, guest essays by prominent experts on Lebowskilanguage, music, filmmaking techniques, and more, and hundreds of photographsincluding many of artwork inspired by the film.Book DescriptionThe 1998 Coen brothers film The Big Lebowskiis often ranked as the top cult film of all time for good reason. Fewif anyother movies can be said to have inspired festivals around the globe, artwork ranging from paper dolls to triptychs, names of bars and stores, and of course, incalculable amounts of quoting.In this first complete, illustrated history of The Big Lebowski, film curator Jenny M. Jones investigates what it is that has made Lebowskisuch a remarkable hit, from its origins to its filming, release, and legacy. Never-been-told stories from members of the films cast and crew paint a vivid picture of what it was like to create a movie so unlike any other; these stories and more are accompanied by hundreds of photographs as well as sidebars and guest essays by such Lebowskiexperts as the founder of religion Dudeism and the owner of the Little Lebowski Shop in New York.From the Back CoverMark 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 Dudes drink of choice (the White Russian, or, as he calls it, the Caucasian) to Marty the Landlords 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.
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Jennifer Helen Jones, Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb AM FSA (born 23 December 1949) is an English politician and prominent member of the Green Party of England and Wales.
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