Friday, January 8, 2010

Two Gentlemen of Lebowski

The Big Lebowski meets Shakespeare. I would see this play.

Wherefore silence? What impudence is this?
Thou art killing thy father, Laurence! O!
This hath no end; he never will speak word.
I take thy parchment back, and turn to plans
Of secondary contingence. Look well.
Behold thy car, the corvette, crimson-stain’d,
And see what befalls sinners evermore.
[He raises his sword, and smites the car]
This befalleth when thou firk’st a stranger ‘twixt the buttocks, Laurence! Understand’st thou? Dost thou attend me? Seest thou what happens, Laurence? Seest thou what happens, Laurence? Seest thou what happens, Laurence, when thou firk’st a stranger ‘twixt the buttocks?!
[Enter CLOWN]
This be what befalleth, Laurence! This be what befalleth, Laurence!"


Senor Beavis said...

Wade Garrett said...

The movie's verbal rhythms, and the way that certain unusual turns of phrase get repeated throughout the movie and show up in unusual contexts, make it a natural for this sort of treatment. I would absolutely see that play.

In the past week or so, I've watched that movie one and a half times - both times with people who had never seen it before. Watching it with a person who has never seen it before makes you realize certain things about the movie you'd begun to take for granted, like how great the cinematography is, how the dream song-and-dance sequences come out of nowhere, and how abruptly it ends.