“Raymond Chandler in a bowling alley”

30 Years of Coens: The Big Lebowski – Raymond Chandler in a bowling alley. The Atlantic
CHRISTOPHER ORRSEP 16 2014

“When the Coens offered their early homages to James M. Cain (Blood Simple) and Dashiell Hammett (Miller’s Crossing) they played them straight—at least by Coen standards. But when it came to the third cardinal of hardboiled fiction, Raymond Chandler, they decided to go another way. The Big Lebowski, very vaguely inspired by the Big Sleep, was the Coens’ loosest, loopiest film to date, a stoner crime comedy about bowling, Vietnam, and the critical importance of having that one interior-design element that ties the whole room together…”

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