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The Big Lebowski: The Making of a Coen Brothers Film / Edition 1

The Big Lebowski: The Making of a Coen Brothers Film / Edition 1


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Winners of two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and for Best Actress for their odd and wonderful Fargo, the Coen Brothers present their new film: The Big Lebowski, starring Jeff Bridges and John Goodman.

Ethan and Joel Coen have carved out their niche as America's preeminent independent filmmakers. Their films are quirky, arresting, comic, and intelligent. Not given to talking publicly about their work, they have given access to William Preston Robertson and Tricia Cooke to interview the cast and crew of their latest film, The Big Lebowski. In a prose style that complements the Coens's filmic one, the book discusses the Coens's oeuvre, the themes of their films, their atypical brand of humor, their craft and their artistic vision. Several scenes of The Big Lebowski are examined closely to see how the movie goes from idea to reality, making this an ideal book for fans, filmmakers, and filmmaking students.

The Big Lebowski is a razor-sharp comedy thriller of mistaken identity, gangsters, bowling, kidnapping, and money gone astray, written by the Coens, directed by Joel Coen, and produced by Ethan Coen. In addition to Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, the film stars Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Willem DaFoe, Sam Elliot, and Ben Gazzara.

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ISBN-13: 9780393317503
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 02/02/1998
Edition description: 1 ED
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tricia Cooke, an editor on the Coens's films, is married to Ethan Coen and lives in New York.

William Preston Robertson is a screenwriter, documentarian, and journalist living in New York City.

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craigim on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Written by a childhood friend of the Coen Brothers from interviews conducted during the filming, The Making Of... is a look at the process the Coen's go through from meticulous storyboarding to final shoot. The book was clearly written well before the movie achieved its current cult status, and it's a little weird to read Ethan say that he hopes they can get the Gypsy Kings cover of Hotel California for the famous Jesus bowling scene.In addition to the Coen's, he also interviewed the storyboard artist, the cinematographer, the production designer, and the costume designer. In the last section of the book, we get to see three complete scenes from the original script, to storyboard, costume design, to screen stills, with specific commentary on their role and vision for each scene from each of the above participants. The brothers are notorious for having their movies meticulously planned out before shooting, and you can see it in this last section, where the scenes look just like the script and the storyboards with almost no changes.The tone of the book is very casual, and Robertson likes to get the occasional gentle ribbing of his friends in, which was sometimes fun, sometimes a little irritating. As a huge fan of the film, and of the Coen brothers in general, it was an interesting, quick read and I think I got a good glimpse of the process.