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Saturday, March 15, 2014

That Selfie Really Tied The Internet Together, DID IT NOT?


I like The Big Lebowski a great deal.

It's passed through many phases of public interest. Like Spinal Tap, no one paid much attention to it when it came out. Since it was ignored, those who seek thrills in liking unliked things picked up on it. Vanguard becomes cult, cult becomes church. People now pray regularly in the church of The Dude.

Intellectuals have sought to understand both the movie and the resiliency of the interest in it. Only Groundhog Day has garnered more attempts at amateur and professional analysis of mundane subjects that seem to be important. They aren't, in and of themselves, so you can look pretty silly testifying that you know why it's popular, and popular in that very specific way: grown from seed, not top-down popularity. No one humped The Big Lebowski into widespread popularity, at least not that I can see. Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry, and Bieber, and Madonna, and lots of other people you could name are completely contrived assaults on your attention and your wallets. Lebowski is the other way 'round. The audience demanded that the makers of the entertainment pay attention to it with as much vigor as they bring, well after the fact. I think Star Wars is kinda like it in a way; I'm fairly certain George Lucas thought he was making a trifle. It is a trifle, but it made a trillion or so. It's not like Lebowski, though, because Lebowski is a good movie. But the subtexts and touchstones that resonate with the audience were likely hidden from the view of the makers in both cases. They discovered gold while scattershot mining for tin.

I am not going to dissect The Big Lebowski here. When you take apart the frog to see how it works, the frog can't jump for you anymore, and I need this frog to jump. I want to enjoy it like a normal person. I want to enjoy it like an Al Green song. I don't want to know what key it's in.

Jeff Bridges.com

10 comments:

julie said...

I'll drink to that. Caucasian, if you please.

Sam L. said...

I have never seen the movie. Someday...

Marieanne said...

Sam, it's hilarious, and it helps to be in a goofy mood when first you see it.

chasmatic said...

The only movies I'd put on my best movies list would be Metropolis and Citizen Kane and Stranger Than Paradise and No Surrender. I guess I don't get out much. I don't have a best movies list either, but if I did ...

Jus' sayin'.

ama said...

I saw it when it first came out. When the movie ended,we walked out of the theatre, crossed the street to the bar and had a caucasian. Next week we went bowling. I fell in love with that huge group of misfits.

Sam L. said...

Marieanne, I'm purt near always goofy.

Marieanne said...

Excellent! You're halfway there.

Anonymous said...

"I'm going to find a cash machine."

Cachinnosus said...

The Dude abides... Thanks for reminding me of that.
chasmatic, I am a fan of Stranger Than Paradise, but for a Jim Jarmusch movie, I prefer Down By Law. Tom Waits! (Although as I recall, you're not a big fan of his, Sipp.)

John The River said...

I was a little confused if you wrote the post or if was a reblog found otherelsewhere place. So I clicked on the JeffBridges.com link...

Very cool, terrific web site and absolutely right for The Dude.

Thanks.