The Dudes Abide: The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski

In the autumn of 1996, Joel and Ethan Coen were a few months from filming their seventh feature film, The Big Lebowski Their sixth, Fargo, was released that March to acclaim awards would follow Alex Belth, a 25 year old aspiring filmmaker, landed a job as their personal assistant on Lebowski and for the next year, was the fly on the wall as the Coens created the movieIn the autumn of 1996, Joel and Ethan Coen were a few months from filming their seventh feature film, The Big Lebowski Their sixth, Fargo, was released that March to acclaim awards would follow Alex Belth, a 25 year old aspiring filmmaker, landed a job as their personal assistant on Lebowski and for the next year, was the fly on the wall as the Coens created the movie that would become an enduring movie classic First as their personal assistant and then as an assistant film editor, Belth observed everything from the pre production work of location scouting, casting, and rehearsals, all the way through filming and post production Belth witnessed when Jeff Bridges and John Goodman met for the first time and rehearsed their iconic roles as The Dude and Walter when a private screening was held for Alan Klein, the Rolling Stones notorious former business manager and long editing sessions with the Coen brothers in the editing room, as they tied their movie together The Dudes Abide is the first behind the scenes account of the making of a Coen Brothers movie, and offers an intimate, first hand narrative of the making of The Big Lebowski including never before revealed details about the making of the film, and insight into the inner workings of the Coen Brothers genius About the Author Alex Belth, praised as New York s best sportswriter by the Village Voice, is the creator of Bronx Banter, a blog about the New York Yankees He began his career in the film business, working for Woody Allen, Ken Burns, and the Coen Brothers Belth is the author of Stepping Up, a biography of Curt Flood, and the editor of The Best Sports Writing of Pat Jordan and Yankee Stadium Memories He has written for Sports Illustrated, SB Nation, and The Daily Beast and Deadspin His story on iconoclastic sportswriter George Kimball was included in The Best American Sports Writing 2012 Cover Design by Adil Dara
The Dudes Abide The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski In the autumn of Joel and Ethan Coen were a few months from filming their seventh feature film The Big Lebowski Their sixth Fargo was released that March to acclaim awards would follow Alex B

  • Title: The Dudes Abide: The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski
  • Author: Alex Belth
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  • Page: 172
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  • 1 thought on “The Dudes Abide: The Coen Brothers and the Making of The Big Lebowski”

    1. A quick entertaining readThis book was a quick and entertaining read that gave some insight into the making of the Big Lebowski that I hadn't thought I'd needed until now. I loved how relatable and easy the narration was and would recommend this to any fan of the movie or of the Coen brothers in general.

    2. Perfect for Fans of The Big LebowskiThis is a great memoir written by the Cohen Brothers' personal assistant during the production of The Big Lebowski. Alex Belth's stories, as well as his writing, are wholly entertaining, especially if you love The Big Lebowski as much as I do.

    3. A moderately entertaining behind-the-scenes look at the making of THE BIG LEBOWSKI, as told by the Coen brothers' personal assistant during that period. The most interesting bits revolve around the brothers themselves and their unpretentious-yet-artful approach to filmmaking; the least interesting bits are when the author interjects himself into the story--as though we care about his union troubles or what kind of food he served for dinner. Since I'm only a casual admirer of THE BIG LEBOWSKI, th [...]

    4. The Dudes Abide is not your typical Hollywood tell-all. At just the right length, this unique piece reveals the process that a group of filmmakers went through to create The Big Lebowski. Usually, these types of efforts come in the form of full-length books that exasperate and exhaust the reader with tales of extravagant partying, outrageous temper tantrums and productions that are plagued by endless interruptions, delays, and disappointmentst somehow come magically together in the end. Consider [...]

    5. The Big Lebowski is one of my favorite movies of all time, and also one of my most-watched (for many people the two are not quite the same), so naturally I was down to read an account of its production by the Coen brothers' personal assistant. There's a limit to how truly revelatory a book like this can be, but if you're a die-hard Urban Achiever then this hits all the right notes. I loved the anecdotes, the asides, the accounts that brought home how personal this movie was for everyone involved [...]

    6. A fun and speedy read through a behind-the-scenes view of the making of The Big Lebowski. Belth was a young man looking to break into film editing when he lucked into the position of personal assistant to Joel and Ethan Cohen (aka The Boys). He followed them to LA and had a fly on the wall view of the casting, filming, and editing of one of the Cohen's classics. Belth has an engaging writing style sprinkled with humor and observations without getting too gossipy or name-droppy. If you have Prim [...]

    7. For many of us immigrant experience takes different shapes and forms. For a former self-professed librarian, that journey have begun in 1992. The quintessential American comedy became a vehicle to navigate the American culture. Here the list of movies in order of the release dates that should be the prerequisite to passing the US. Citizenship exam. Dumb and Dumber - 1994Kingpin - 1996The Big Lebowski - 1998Joe Dirt - 2001Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story - 2004Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Rick [...]

    8. Nice short piece on The Big LebowskiI've always been a fan of The Big Lebowski. The New York Times had a glowing review and I knew I had to see it. It was even better than I thought and a masterpiece to me. The people in the theater were few and I had gone alone because no one I knew was interested in the film. And now it's a cult film! This short piece by ex Beith discusses his time as an assistant at 22 making this film. It is engaging and the length is just right. A pleasant tale to tell. I e [...]

    9. Meh. Luckily it was free/cheap so I didn't mind. I felt like it was quite uneven. Some parts were well-written and full of interesting details. Other parts glossed over entire months with a few quick sentences. There were a few amusing anecdotes, but as a Big Lebowski fan I was a bit disappointed. Maybe I wanted a little bit more of an 'inside scoop' than I actually got.

    10. The Dudes Abide is a short and entertaining read about the making of The Big Lebowski. Nothing groundbreaking here but a fun little read for fans of the movie or The Coen Brothers.Definitely see the movie and then read this.

    11. A quick, breezy read about the making of The Big Lebowski with some winning anecdotes about the Cohen brothers and their creative process. Not a real book, a "Kindle single" more akin to an extended essay.

    12. New information i didn't knowI think the big Lebowski is underated and definitely needed more appreciation. There was a lot that I didn't know about the casting for this movie that I do now I enjoyed it. I'll be reading it aging sometime soon!

    13. Inside lookJust a quick read but highlights some interesting tidbits about the Coen brothers and filmmaking in general. Well written and informative.

    14. More!Could have read a hundred more pages. Well written and great insight without prying into the Cohens inappropriately. Balanced and fun.

    15. Coen fansIf I weren't a fan, would maybe rate 2 stars, but it's more than mildly entertaining if you get the references and love the movies.

    16. Entertaining and insightful! I loved that it wasn't over-dramatic, petty, or cynical. Just an enjoyable read about how one of my favorite movies was made. Well done!

    17. Quick easy read with some funny stories and tidbits from the making of Big Lebowski by one of the guys who worked as an assistant on it.

    18. Quick read and very entertaining.Read it in one setting. I'm a big fan of the movie so if you are also, it is well worth the time to read the back story

    19. Loved the movie, and this was a very well detailed insider look at the making of it. I was most impressed with how the Coen brothers are depicted. Seem like very professional and fun guys. They are obviously extremely talented writers and directors, but it was pretty cool to see them in a sort of casual setting, behind the scenes, just being guys. They didn't come off as big-time movie people, being shitty just because they can. They took this guy on as a personal assistant and really went out o [...]

    20. I'm such a fan of the Coen brothers, and The Big Lebowski! The Dudes Abide is an impressive behind-the-scenes look at the brothers right before and during their mainstream breakout. Similar to Patrick Fugit's character in Almost Famous, the narrator is an ordinary man, gently observing the hubbub around him. This is a super quick read at less than 50 pages, which I didn't realize when I bought it. I could see this being published chapter by chapter in a magazine. In any scenario, 'twas a fun rea [...]

    21. Far out, man. Jeff Bridges taking breaks from the set to go play the guitar in his trailer, Jeff Bridges walking around the set with his Wide-Lux camera and gifting signed albums to everyone, the 'Boys' (Mr. and Mr. Coen) inviting everyone to a Porridge Breakfast after the shooting, Goodman practising 'Shut the f* up, Donny' - well, I could go on and on. At the end, the book was too short, just like the movie. They had to cut down the movie because it was apparently too long for a comedy. Guess [...]

    22. I'm a fan of the movie but not such a devoted cult follower that I quote the film or subject all my friends to repeated watchings. I was hoping for some good inside info, like who screentested and failed, which ideas were thrown out. Funny asides while filming. Instead this is kind of a gloss over of the film and the Coen's themselves with some mentions of fetching coffee and being fired. Not a lot of material here but still a quick read for fans of the film.

    23. The dude abidesThis book is an interesting look into what it must be like to be an assistant in Hollywood to brilliant creative people like the Coen brothers. While this mostly deals with the making of the big Lebowski, but has several enjoyable anecdotes about many of the movies that the Coens have made. It's a quick, fun read.

    24. Good look behind the curtainThis is a nice quick read about the making of the Big Lebowski. It features many hilarious tidbits about the casting and production. The book was written by an assistant. Unfortunately, he was hurt and there was big parts of the filmmaking that was missed. If you are a fan of the Coen Brothers, then this is a great book.

    25. Far outFar outIt's an interesting little glimpse of one man's experience working on The Big Lebowski. It's far from comprehensive, but it remains a illustrative look into the Coen brothers'particular brand of movie-making. I'd certainly recommend it to fans of the film.

    26. I didn't love the author's voice, it was a little dudebro for me, but I love The Big Lebowski, so it was a quick, interesting behind-the-scenes read about the making of. I wish there'd been more about the shooting of the movie itself, but as the author wasn't present for a lot of it, what we got makes sense and, in that respect, the length was perfect.

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