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Odeon

Director:  Jim Jarmusch
Cinematography:  Frederick Elmes
Screenplay:  Jim Jarmusch
Producer:  Jim Jarmusch
Music:  Tom Waits
Cast:  Winona Ryder , Gena Rowlands , Giancarlo Esposito , Armin Muller-Stahl , Rosie Perez , Isaach De Bankole , Beatrice Dalle , Roberto Benigni , Matti Pellonpaa
Production:  JVC Entertainment/Locus Solus Entertainment
JIM JARMUSH
Broken Flowers
Coffee and Cigarettes
Dead Man
Down By Law
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Mystery Train
Night on Earth
Permanent Vacation
Stranger than Paradise
Year of the Horse
Night on Earth
Night on Earth
Night on Earth
USA , 1991, 129 min, color
Awards:  1992 - "Independent Spirit" for best cinematography

LA, 7.07 pm: chain-smoking Ryder gets movie agent Rowlands in the back of her cab, and inadvertently persuades her shed be right for a role Rowlands is casting. At the very same time, taxi drivers across the world are also having seemingly inconsequential encounters with passengers: in New York, inept East-German exile Muller-Stahl hands over the wheel to young black Esposito; in Paris, Ivory Coast De Bankole discusses sight and sex with blind, belligerent Dalle; in Rome, raving Benigni confesses a carnal past to priest Bonacelli; and in Helsink, melancholy Pellonpaa calms three drunks with a tale of infinite sadness. As ever with Jarmusch, as the five sequential storied proceed toward their unexpectedly poignant conclusion, theres a touch of the experimental at play; but its also a film of great warmth. Character prevails throughout, and the performances are terrific. Though it may take a while to get Jarmischs gist, hang on there; by the time Tom Waits growls his lovely closing waltz over the credits, Jarmusch has shown us moments most film-makers dont even notice.

Geoff Andrew

Jim Jarmusch
With his trademark shock of white hair and ultra-cool rock star persona, Jim Jarmusch is the archetypal auteur of American independent film. Steadfastly resisting the sirens of Hollywood, Jarmusch has fashioned stylish, worldly, and thoroughly hip movies that have been the toast of the international film circuit.
Born on January 22, 1953, in Akron, OH, Jarmusch was the son of a former film critic for the Akron Beacon Journal. As a child, he spent much of his time watching B-movie triple features. After graduating from high school in 1971, he ended up in New York before venturing to Paris one summer on an exchange program. He loved the place so much that he stayed there for a year, soaking up French culture, literature, and particularly films, spending much of his time going to the cinématheque instead of to classes. At that time, the hallowed French New Wave movement was still a recent memory and such luminaries as François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, and Jean-Luc Godard were still regularly making movies. Upon his return to New York, Jarmusch transferred to Columbia University, where, though he eventually received a degree in English literature, his love of film continued to inspire him. With no film experience, he was accepted into New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and soon found himself a teaching assistant to legendary maverick filmmaker Nicholas Ray. Ray helped him get funding for his thesis project, Permanent Vacation (1980). Though the film was later released to critical acclaim, his professors were underwhelmed by his final project and Jarmusch never got a degree from N.Y.U.
The stamp of Jarmusch is his tendency to a gently absurdist, understated comedy, which affectionately punctures the cool, hip pretensions and delusions of his self-consciously laconic loners. The compositions are uncluttered, often static and oddly formal, stressing the essential solitude of characters seemingly obsessed with self-definition. The sparing dialogue, generally minimalist performances and a preference for long takes evoke lives plagued by problems of communication, misunderstanding, rootlessness and inertia. At the same time, Jarmuschs elliptical, dedramatised, episodic narrative style is symptomatic of his restlessly experimental interest in the method and structure of cinematic storytelling. Crucially, however, this interest in formalism is balanced by subtle wit, the warmth he clearly feels for his characters and a bemused, intelligent interest in the unfamiliar backroads of American life (the underrated Dead Man was a decidedly different western), so that he remains one of the most accessible, original and influential of that countrys independent film-makers.
1980  Permanent Vacation
1984  Stranger Than Paradise
1986  Coffee and Cigarettes
1986  Down by Law
1989  Coffee and Cigarettes II
1989  Mystery Train
1991  Night on Earth
1993  Coffee and Cigarettes III
1995  Dead Man
1997  Year of the Horse
1999  Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
2002  Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet
2003  Coffee and Cigarettes
2005  Broken Flowers
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