Jeff Bridges looks back on “Lebowski” for “The Dude Abides”

By Sean O’Connell Joel and Ethan Coen’s “True Grit” opens in theaters today, and it’s an early holiday gift to anyone who loves movie. It’s fantastic, an expertly crafted Western that sails along on spectacular dialogue, gorgeous cinematography, and near-flawless performances by virtually every cast member. See it. You’ll love it.

But we’re not focusing on “Grit” right now. We’re setting our sights on the other Coen collaboration with Jeff Bridges, because “American Masters” is about to open its 25tht season with the 90-minute documentary “Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides” … and we’ve got an exclusive clip.

In the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, there is a shop called The Little Lebowski that’s dedicated to collectible items from the beloved “Big Lebowski.” And in this clip, Bridges stops by to see what they’ve got. It’s a can’t-miss moment, and one of reportedly many that will be seen in this upcoming film.

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“Jeff Bridges is one of our greatest screen actors,” says Susan Lacy, series creator and executive producer of American Masters, a seven-time winner of the Emmy Award for Outstanding Primetime Non-Fiction Series. “He has an incredible body of work, but most of us didn’t know that he is, truly, a modern Renaissance Man, widely and wildly talented in, seemingly, all of the arts.”

Jeff Bridges has created original and memorable characters in notable films, emblematic of every generation and genre. To name but a few — The Last Picture Show (1971), Starman (1984), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Fisher King (1991), The Big Lebowski (1998) … and, of course, Crazy Heart (2009).

Featured in The Dude Abides are clips from these and several other Bridges’ films, including Against All Odds (1984), Tucker (1988), Texasville (1990), The Contender (2000), Tron: Legacy and True Grit (2010).

“Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides” is a production of THIRTEEN’s American Masters for WNET. The 90-minute film airs nationally Wednesday, January 12 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings),

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