My favorite film: The Big Lebowski

    Probably it's not  the best film by the Coen brothers (Fargo in my opinion is the best one--"Well, that's just like, your opinion man" Dude will say) , but I do not know how many times I have seen this  film with absolutely unbelievable list of characters ,regardless each and every time makes me laugh to the teras  –  I've never watched anything that I love as much as The Big Lebowski.
     Jeff Bridges is The Dude, although his real name is Lebowski, which also happens to be the name of a local millionaire, whose wife gets kidnapped, which results in the Dude being indicted into a bluff which may or may not involve German nihilists. The surrounding cast put in fantastic performances, such is the Coen brothers' ability to condense the essence of an actor's unique qualities into a role they were seemingly born to play. Maude Lebowski is a glacial, maniacal artist superbly played by Julianne Moore. 










    Of all the Coen brothers performances John Goodman has given us, his turn as the frustrated and frustrating Walter Sobchak, a Vietnam veteran who carries his ex-wife's Pomeranian around while telling Donny Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi) to shut it, is arguably his best. The backdrop to this is a tense local bowling championship in which The Dude is being threatened by a paedophile called Jesus (John Turturro).
    The Big Lebowski is stone cold hilarious. The aggressive taxi driver who loves 
    the EaglesTuturro as Jesus, all in purple and promising to "pull the fucking trigger until it goes click""Well, that's just like, your opinion"The Dude abides, "I need my fu**** "Johnson"  .... until the ending/ashes scene



    Big Lebowski "Gutterballs" Music Video

    Legacy

    Since its original release, The Big Lebowski has become a cult classic. Steve Palopoli wrote about the film's emerging cult status in July 2002. He first realized that the film had acult following when he attended a midnight screening in 2000 at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles and witnessed people quoting dialogue from the film to each other. Soon after the article appeared, the programmer for a local midnight film series in Santa Cruz decided to screen The Big Lebowski, and on the first weekend they had to turn away several hundred people. The theater held the film over for six weeks, which had never happened before.
    An annual festival, the Lebowski Fest, began in Louisville, Kentucky, United States in 2002 with 150 fans showing up, and has since expanded to several other cities. The Festival's main event each year is a night of unlimited bowling with various contests including costume, trivia, hardest- and farthest-traveled contests. Held over a weekend, events typically include a pre-fest party with bands the night before the bowling event as well as a day-long outdoor party with bands, vendor booths and games. Various celebrities from the film have even attended some of the events, including Jeff Bridges who attended the Los Angeles event. The British equivalent, inspired by Lebowski Fest, is known as The Dude Abides and is held in London.

    Dudeism, an online religion devoted largely to spreading the philosophy and lifestyle of the movie's main character was founded in 2005. Also known as The Church of the Latter-Day Dude, the organization has ordained over 130,000 "Dudeist Priests" all over the world via its website.


    Meet the real Dude

    In a short documentary directed last year by documentary filmmaker Jeff Feuerzeig (The Devil and Daniel Johnston), Jeff Dowd, the real-life inspiration for the iconic character the Dude in The Big Lebowski, tells his own story.

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    Jeff Dowd (center), who helped inspire The Big Lebowski, poses with his fans.

    Meet the dude behind The Dude! Sundance Award winning director JEFF FEUERZEIG, (THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON, ESPN 30 for 30's THE REAL ROCKY), reveals the inspiration for the beloved central character in the Coen Brothers' cult-favorite film THE BIG LEBOWSKI. This documentary short follows Jeff Dowd to a Lebowski Fest offering a glimpse into this fascinating subculture and colorful real-life character behind the iconic mythical Dude and the secret to how he always abides...


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    And I adore the Dude. Man, the Dude, that’s me! You can even call me El Duderino.” I’m a great admirer of Timberlake as an actor; the underlying import of an identification with Jeff Bridges’s accidental hero—or, rather, a hero before his time—and its connection with the new film are the subject of this clip.