Night on Earth
Night on Earth: Jarmusch's interest in short-form storytelling and international characters reached a kind of apotheosis in Night on Earth, a movie that consists of five cab rides, each filmed with different characters in cities––Los Angeles, New York, Rome, Paris and Helsinki––across the world. The cast includes newcomers to the Jarmusch universe (Winona Ryder, Beatrice Dalle, and Rosie Perez) with actors who will reappear in his films like Isaach De Bankolé, Giancarlo Esposito and Roberto Benigni. Like Mystery Train, the stories unfold sequentially, with each one unfolding as night falls across the globe. In the New York Times, critic Vincent Canby called the film "exceptionally funny… his most effervescent work to date," and wrote, "With this, his fourth commercially released feature, Mr. Jarmusch again demonstrates his mastery of comedy of the oblique. He seems to see his characters through a telescope, while attending to their talk with some kind of long-range listening device. Everything that is seen and heard is vivid and particular, but decidedly foreign. Meanings are elusive. Themes can be supplied by others."