THE BIG LEBOWSKI @ CSL

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Fellow Film Club Members & Movie Buffs:  

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The theme this month is: “Western Movements/Western Moments”.

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Summer time & the living is easy; CSL has up their new window blinds, & August has been launched with one of the finest films ever made–CITIZEN KANE (1941). Now it is time to unhinge our funny bones, & join the anti-ist hero of them all–Jeffrey Lebowski, whom everyone just calls the Dude. That’s correct, folks, the TFC is proud to be able to screen one of the most celebrated of the Coen Brothers films, THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998). Ethan & Joel Coen are no strangers to the string of films the Film Club has screened over the last decade–& they need no introduction.  They tend, as most successful directors do, the same actors & filming staff they are familiar with, and can trust with their special brand of filmmaking.

Directors Joel Coen and Ethan Coen pose for a photo in Los Angeles

The cinematography was done by the incredible Roger Deakins, who has shot 7 films for them now, has been nominated for 11 Oscars, & has lensed 73 films since 1975,

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including SID & NANCY (1986), THE KITCHEN TOTO  (1987), AIR AMERICA (1990), THUNDERHEART (1992), THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994), DEAD MAN WALKING (1995), THE HURRICANE (1997), A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001), & IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH (2007).

Mr. T. Bone Burnett was a consultant for the Dude’s musical tastes, &

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Carter Burwell wrote the musical score. He has written the scores for 90 movies since 1975, when he scored BLOOD SIMPLE, including PSYCH III (1986), RAISING ARIZONA (1987), MILLER’S CROSSING (1990), BARTON FINK (1991),  THIS BOY’S LIFE (1993), HUDSUCKER PROXY (1994), ROB ROY (1995), FARGO (1996), & BEING JOHN MALKOVICH (1999). 

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THE BIG LEBOWSKI  (1998)

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Written & Directed by Ethan & Joel Coen @ 117 minutes.

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The film stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Peter Stormare, David Thewlis, Ben Gazzara, Jon Polito, narrated by Sam Elliott.

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Synopsis: When the “Dude” Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire–two thugs urinate on his oriental rug to force him to pay a debt that he was unaware of. Facing the actual millionaire, asking for compensation, he finds himself accepting a one-time job with a high pay-off. Things go awry & too soon everyone from Porn empire tycoons to Nihilists want a piece of the Dude.

Taglines:  They figured he was a lazy time-wasting sloth–they were right.

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                 It takes guys as simple as the Dude & Walter to create a story this complex.

TRIVIA:  The Dude say “man” 147 times in the movie, & the F-word is used 292 times.

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This is John Goodman’s favorite film of his own; his character was patterned after director John Milius. Oddly, the Dude is never seen bowling throughout the movie. The man show bowling in the picture on the Dude’s wall is Richard M. Nixon. Charlize Theron was considered for the role of Bunny. Oddly, Julianne Moore, no stranger to nude scenes in films, refused to do one in this film; her famous “butt scene” was done with a prosthetic posterior.  Steve Buscemi’s characters have died in three Coen Brother’s films, & each time his remains diminish; in MILLER’S CROSSING, they used his whole body, in FARGO they just used a severed leg, & in this movie, they use his ashes.

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Rotten Tomatoes rated the film at 80% Critic’s Approval, & 94% Audience Approval.

Kenneth Turan of the LA TIMES wrote: “ The Coens are able to create wickedly funny eccentrics, & possess the ability to energize certain actors to inhabit them.”

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Cole Smithey wrote: “You would never guess that LEBOWSKI is based on the Raymond Chandler’s detective novel THE BIG SLEEP.”

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So mark your calendars for this Friday, August 8, 2014, & join the Tacoma Film Club for a screening of the Coen Brother’s laugh riot, THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998). It will be shown at the Center for Spiritual Living, the church building we rent for showing films & meetings, located at 206 N. J Street, on the corner of J & Division Streets, across from the Group Health hospital. Arrive early, around 6:15 p.m., & join others downstairs in the kitchen area for fellowship & snacks. It is permitted to bring snacks & beverages, including wine, to share with others. Remember to clean up after yourselves, & abide by the rule that no food or drink can be taken upstairs into the sanctuary for the screening of the move. There will be a donation box in the sanctuary, & the monies will assist the Club with the rent & other expenses. THE BIG LEBOWSKI will be shown at 7:15 p.m. & it runs 117 minutes. It will be over by 9:30 p.m. See you at the movies.

Glenn

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About Glenn Buttkus

Former actor and Special Ed teacher for the blind, newly retired, spending my days struggling as poet, photographer, novelist, husband, and grandfather.
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