Synopses & Reviews
From box office flop to one of the most successful cult films of all time,and#160;The Big Lebowskiand#160;
has spawned a multicity festival, college-level courses, and its own religion. Fans of the Coen brothers' masterful dark comedy (collectively calling themselves and#147;Achieversand#8221;and#151;and proud we are of all of them) gather in movie theaters and bowling alleys across the county to quote along with the film, imbibe white russians, and admire the Dudeand#8217;s rug (which really tied the room together).
Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowskiand#160;examines how this quirky movie evolved from its underwhelming debut to attract a mass following on par with that ofand#160;The Rocky Horror Picture Show.and#160;Contributors take a close look at the filmand#8217;s phenomenal impact on popular culture and language and examine the scriptand#8217;s rich philosophical implications, whether it is the nihilism within the film itself or the Dudeism that Jeff Bridgesand#8217;s God-like character and#160;has bred (the and#147;Church of the Latter-Day Dudeand#8221; has attracted more than 70,000 official adherents through its online ordination process). Covering issues concerning gender and sexuality within the film, such as Maudeand#8217;s feminist art and Jackie Treehornand#8217;s Malibu garden party, the essays here also explore the gender divides the film has created in todayand#8217;s society, such as male versus female fandom rivalry at festivals. These gatheringsand#151;part costume contest, part bowling tournament, part trivia contest, part fan meet-upand#151;have, since their debut in Louisville, KY, in 2002, sprung up all around America and have even expanded globally, and the book takes an inside look at these events and includes interviews with Lebowski festival organizers and authors of other fan books and academic treatises.
In all, these essays are an essential companion for one of the greatest films ever made, in the parlance of our times.
The cult-classic film The Big Lebowski--as writ in five acts by William Shakespeare.
The cult-classic film The Big Lebowski—as writ in five acts by William Shakespeare.
Bertocci adapts the cult-classic film "The Big Lebowski"--as writ in five acts by William Shakespeare.
What ifand#8230;William Shakespeare had written andlt;Iandgt;The Big Lebowskiandlt;/Iandgt;?andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;The Dude has met the Bardand#8212;and he doth abide. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Join and#8220;The Knaveand#8221; and Sir Walter on a wild tale of mistaken identity, kidnapping, bowling, and a rug that, in faith, really tied the room togetherand#8212;in a sidesplitting Shakespearean comedy of errors and ninepins, told in five glorious acts of iambic pentameter and impeccable period prose. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Already a theatrical hit and a worldwide viral phenomenon, andlt;Iandgt;Two Gentlemen of Lebowski andlt;/Iandgt;comes alive anew in this definitive and lavishly illustrated edition, featuring recently discovered historical engravings, scholarly annotations, and a revelatory afterword from the author.
and#147;Look, let me explain something to you. I'm not Mr. Lebowski. You're
Mr. Lebowski. I'm the Dudeand#8221;
Fan Phenomena: The Big Lebowski takes a close look at the films phenomenal impact over the past century, and looks at the reasons behind the creation of Dudeism, with the and#145;Church of the Latter-Day Dudeand#8217; having attracted more than 70,000 official adherents through its online ordination process. The book looks at how the film is rich in philosophical implications, whether it is the nihilism within the film itself or the Dudeism the film has spawned. Covering issues raised concerning gender and sexuality within the film such as Maudeand#8217;s feminism and Jackie Treehornand#8217;s chauvinistic character, the book also explores the gender divides the film has created in todayand#8217;s society such as male vs female fandom rivalry at festivals. The Big Lebowski festivals have sprung up all around America and have even expanded globally, the book takes an in-side look at these events and includes interviews from Lebowski festival organisers and authors of other fan books and academic books.
About the Author
Zachary Ingle is a PhD student in film and media studies at the University of Kansas and has contributed to several Intellect books, including the World Film Locations volumes on Paris and Las Vegas, the Directory of World Cinema volumes on Sweden and Belgium, and Fan Phenomena:Star Wars.
Table of Contents
and#160;and#160; Zachary Ingle
The Comforts and Pleasures of Repetitive Dialogue in The Big Lebowski
and#160;and#160; Jeff Jaeckle
Another Caucasian: Online Fan Response to Donny and the Stranger
and#160;and#160; Randall Clark
Fan Appreciation no.1: Interview with Will Russell: Co-founder of Lebowski Fest
and#8216;If You Will It, It Is No Dream:and#8217; Lebowski Fest and Cult Fandom
and#160;and#160; Jeremy Hehl
That Shirt Really Ties the Room Together: The Lebowski Legacy of Cultural Artefacts
and#160;and#160; Andrew Howe
Nihilistic Dudes: The Masculine Cult Figure in Fin de Siand#232;cle American Cinema
Fan Appreciation no.2: Interview with Adam Bertocci: Author of Two Gentlemen of Lebowski
The Bard, The Knave and Sir Walter: Adapting a Modern Cult Movie into a Neo-Shakespearean Stage Play
and#160;and#160; Paul Rogalus
Reimagining and Commodifying Gender, Genre and Sexuality in The Big Lebowski for Cult Fan Consumption
and#160;and#160; Sheri Chinen Biesen
The Dude Goes Digital: The Big Lebowski, New Media and Participatory Culture
and#160;and#160; Peter C. Kunze
Fan Appreciation no.3: Interview with Kim Barber: Executive Producer of The Achievers (2009)
Listening Deeply to Lebowski: One Fanand#8217;s Attempt to Draw a Musical Map Surrounding the Dude
and#160;and#160; Tom Zlabinger
Abiding Sublimely: From Eastern Philosophies to The Big Lebowski
and#160;and#160; Jz Long