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A Cultural Glossary to The Limits of Control

Posted April 29, 2009 to photo album "A Cultural Glossary to The Limits of Control"

Slide 1: Introduction
Slide 2: William S. Burroughs
Slide 3: Arthur Rimbaud
Slide 4: Jacques Rivette
Slide 5: Point Blank (1967)
Slide 6: The Hunter by Richard Stark
Slide 7: Le Samouraï
Slide 8: Wim Wenders & Nicholas Ray
Slide 9: Aki Kaurismäki
Slide 10: Art at the Museo Reina Sofia
Slide 7: Le Samouraï

Slide 7: Le Samouraï

Just as with Jarmusch's conception of the film being a collision of Rivette and Point Blank, the Limits auteur pondered the question, "What if Marguerite Duras remade Jean-Pierre Melville's Le Samouraï?" The movie certainly boasts a Duras-esque minimalism while this is the second of Jarmusch's films to give a nod to Le Samuraï's as buttoned-down, hermetic assassin after Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai put a contemporary, hip hop spin on Melville's classic thriller starring Alain Delon. The way that Jarmusch describes Melville's style also recalls the mix of influences in his own films: "They are so French, and yet he want them to be so American. Is his vision American? Western? Eastern? Hip-hop? What is it?"