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The Big Lebowski (1998)

July 22, 2021 7:30 PM

Doors Open: 6:30 PM
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INDIVIDUAL / MEMBER NO FEE / MEMBER COMP / MEMBER DISC Public Onsale: May 10, 2021 12:00 PM to July 22, 2021 8:00 PM
1h 59m / R / Comedy

When the Coen brothers made their early homages to hardboiled detective fiction (Blood Simple as James M. Cain homage and Miller's Crossing as Dashiell Hammett pastiche), they played them mostly straight — at least by Coen standards. But when they got to Raymond Chandler, they decided to... go a different direction.

The Big Lebowski, very vaguely inspired by The Big Sleep, was the Coens’ loosest, loopiest film to date, a stoner crime comedy about bowling, California, Vietnam, and the critical importance of thoughtful interior design. Chandler himself once explained the difference between the classic murder mystery and the hardboiled genre he’d helped invent: in the former, the plot — the careful alignment of details that enabled the mystery to be solved in-fiction by the characters or out in the real world, by the reader — was paramount, while in the latter, “the scene outranked the plot, in the sense that a good plot was one that made good scenes.” Trippy. Unclear whether the Coens ever read this analysis, but they surely embraced its spirit in the The Big Lebowski.

Stick around after each screening for a FREE post-show Film Talk audience discussion and Q&A with retired University of South Florida film professor Harriet Deer on Sunday and University of Tampa professor and film historian Patrick Ellis on Thursday.


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