May 18, 2017 at 5:42PM
Abiding The Gulf War: In The Parlance of Our Times - "The Big Lebowski" Video Essay
We all know the Dude’s rug tied his room together, but who saw the Persian carpet (and its being micturated upon) as an allegory for Operation Desert Storm? In this video essay, the world’s favorite stoner writes shady checks, George Bush gets tricky with wordplay, and Walter Sobchak bullies everyone into metaphoric war. The Coen brothers are no strangers to double meanings and complex plot structures, and in The Big Lebowski, not only do the filmmakers make pedophilia jokes, they also accidentally foresee the future.