So ... how's the smut business, Jackie?
If you look around at the set for that scene from the Coen brothers' classic Raymond Chandler-styled 1998 devilishly fun mystery The Big Lebowski, you'll see the answer to The Dude's question is "pretty damned good, actually." That's because this wonderful scene in that amazing movie between Jeff Bridges (playing The Dude) and Ben Gazzara (playing Jackie Treehorn) is being played in the open living-pool area of a masterpiece on a hill outside of Los Angeles designed by John Lautner, a student of Frank Lloyd Wright and a very influential midcentury modern architect. Open and sculptural in the kind of way that shows the very best of modern architecture, Lautner's house has been owned by real-estate investor James Goldstein for the past 35 years, and has made many modifications over the years, many of them with the willing assistance of Lautner himself (before the architect died in 1994). One of these additions is the seamless glass walls that separate the indoors from the pool in the Lebowski scene. "Actually, when the house was first built, there was no glass at all," Goldstein tells NPR. Apparently, it was always open to the elements with a heat blower for colder days, but the heating system didn't work very well, so they added the glass after Goldstein bought the house.
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