The fifth and final film in our filmic celebration of National Architecture Week is the Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski.

Los Angeles is a city that contains a series of sub-cities, different versions of itself co-existing. The Coen Brothers’ The Big Lebowski (1998) encapsulates the Los Angeles that I love through architecture. Whether it’s the modern domestic ideal of the John Lautner home, the now-defunct but beloved Hollywood Star Lanes, the historic Palace Theater in downtown, Ralphs grocery store late at night, clusters of apartments in Venice, or the cafes Johnny’s Coffee Shop and Dinah’s Restaurant, the film is a love letter to the diversity, comfortability, and innovation that is L.A. architecture. And the open sequence of the cityscape at night? Forget it, Los Angeles I’m yours…