With the 10th Annual Lebowski Fest kicking off later this week in Louisville, Kentucky, Miiller-McCune looks at scholarly papers inspired by the Coen brothers 1998 film.
Grasping to explain this appeal, Comentale and Jaffe point to a minor character in the film: “The Stranger,” portrayed by Sam Elliott, a veteran of numerous Westerns. Dressed in traditional cowboy garb, he emerges occasionally to provide background information, analysis and commentary. In their words, “he just points at something interestin’ and gently nods” — a watch-and-learn stance that is the foundation of academic research. The Dude abides, but The Stranger annotates.
Tom Jacobs, Miller-McCune. Scholars and The Big Lebowski: Deconstructing The Dude.