Welcome to Framed, a new column at Cinematical that celebrates the artistry of cinema -- one frame at a time. You can check out last week's post for Steve McQueen's film, Hunger, over here.
The Coen Brothers have a filmography filled with amazing movies -- from Miller's Crossing through to No Country for Old Men, essentially every title they've ever made has been marked not only be great performances and amazing writing, but the keen eye for interesting visuals the duo possess in abundance. Every Coen Brothers' film is filled with fantastic visuals, but I thought outside the box for this article, choosing to go with their cult classic 1998 comedy The Big Lebowski.
The film -- which was loosely inspired by the work of Raymond Chandler and has been described as both a modern Holy Grail quest story and a political commentary piece -- revolves around Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges). The Dude is a slacker who lives to bowl, smoke pot, and drink White Russians. His idyllic existence gets complicated when he's mistaken for another Jeffrey Lebowski -- a rich, elderly man whose trophy wife owes money to pornographer Jackie Treehorn. When thugs come to collect the debt and urinate on his rug -- a rug that "really tied the room together ... " -- The Dude, his temperamental friend Walter (John Goodman), and their hyper bowling teammate Donny (Steve Buscemi) become caught up in a complicated kidnapping plot where nothing is exactly as it seems. (spoilers ahead)