Deep thoughts on Serious Man E-mail
Written by Chalupa   
Thursday, 15 October 2009 10:28

A couple episodes back we talked with Cathleen Falsani about her new book, The Dude Abides: The Gospel According to the Coen Brothers.  In bother her book and the interview, she talked about her excitement for the latest Coen Film - A Serious Man.  Since then she's had a plethora of writing gigs and speaking engagements talking about the film.  She's a marvelous woman and I think the Lebowski community is all very fond of her.  I do mean that in the most serious sense, this isn't one of those sarcastic movie quotes I'm just throwing around.  Anyways, I came across another article she wrote, called Why Ask Why?, concerning A Serious Man and thought it'd be worth sharing.  Here are a couple quotes I thought were good.

The Coens are virtuoso filmmakers, perhaps the most enduring and enigmatic of my generation. And “A Serious Man” is only the most recent of their journeys into the dark (and darkly funny) night of the soul.

There is a reason why Coen fans tend to be passionately so. Among the disparate themes and styles of their films, spiritual searches are -- to borrow a line from their most indelible character, Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski -- what really ties the room together.

One astute critic has dubbed the Coen brothers “secular theologians” whose cinematic oeuvre is “the most sneakily moralistic in modern American cinema.” I couldn’t agree more.


Biblical truths run rampant throughout the Coens’ 25-year career, from cult favorites such as “Raising Arizona,” “The Big Lebowski” and “O, Brother Where Art Thou?” to their 2007 Academy Award-winning dark-night-of-the-soul drama “No Country for Old Men.”

The sins of the fathers are visited upon the sons. The love of money is the root of all evil. Love conquers all -- even death. And that’s just in “Fargo.”

It's a lot to think about, which is something we like to do here at the Lebowski Podcast.  Don't worry, we have an episode in the works to talk about the film.  Oh, and before I forget, Falsani just launched a new site this week -

Click here to read Falsani's entire article.

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