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The Travelers Guide to Jim Jarmusch

Posted March 24, 2009 to photo album "The Travelers Guide to Jim Jarmusch"

Permanent Vacation
Stranger than Paradise
Down by Law
Mystery Train
Night on Earth
Dead Man
Year of the Horse
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Coffee and Cigarettes
Broken Flowers
Night on Earth

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."