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The big Lebowski

Author: J M Tyree; Ben Walters; British Film Institute.
Publisher: London : British Film Institute, 2007.
Series: BFI film classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Ethan and Joel Coen's The Big Lebowski was released in 1998 to general bafflement. A decade on, it has become a cult classic, inspiring a thriving circuit of 'Lebowski Fasts' during which costumed devotees gather at bowling alleys and guzzle White Russians. Beyond its superabundance of deliciously quotable lines, how has the movie inspired such remarkable affection? And why does its critical stock continue to  Read more...
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Tyree, J.M. (Joshua M.).
Big Lebowski.
London : British Film Institute, 2007
(OCoLC)647619777
Named Person: Joel Coen; Ethan Coen; Ethan Coen; Joel Coen; Joel Coen; Ethan Coen
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J M Tyree; Ben Walters; British Film Institute.
ISBN: 9781844571734 1844571734
OCLC Number: 156919357
Description: 123 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm.
Contents: The mix-tape movie --
Out of the past --
What makes a man? --
The religion of laughter.
Series Title: BFI film classics.
Responsibility: J.M. Tyree & Ben Walters.

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Since its release, "The Big Lebowski" has become a classic. This study sets the movie into the context of 1990s Hollywood cinema, anatomised for its relationship with the classics which it satirises,  Read more...

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