An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.
Find a Port Of Notes - More Than Paradise first pressing or reissue. Complete your Port Of Notes collection. Shop Vinyl and CDs. Stranger Than Paradise is a American black-and-white absurdist/deadpan comedy film, . Eva, who never gets to see more of New York than the drab, anonymous looking area where Willie lives, goes off to Cleveland to stay with Aunt.
As the extremely withdrawn Don Johnston is dumped by his latest woman, he receives an anonymous letter from a former lover informing him that he has a son who may be looking for him. A freelance sleuth neighbor moves Don to embark on a cross-country search for his old flames in search of answers. On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob. A depressed musician reunites with his lover. Though their romance, which has already endured several centuries, is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister.
A quiet observation of the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. This shortcut repeats the structure of Coffee and Cigarettes. This time, Iggy Pop and Tom Waits meet in a bar. But, again, we don't know why they agreed to do that in the first place, A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial hostility and indifference a small degree of affection grows between the two. Along with a friend, they eventually end up visiting their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and then proceed to Florida where they lose all their money gambling before unwittingly gaining a fortune.
Life is strikingly uneventful for Willie, played by renaissance man John Lurie, who refers to himself as a hipster and lives in New York City, and his interactions with his Hungarian cousin Eva, played by avant-garde actress-musician Eszter Balint, and his best friend Eddie, played by yet another actor-musician Richard Edson, who dresses exactly like Willie. Indeed, both males are swarthy with hook noses and fedoras.
They have such little interest in or knowledge of anything that their eventual vacation is no different from home. The quirky way to three-act story format is a succession of single-shot scenes punctuated by black leader, and the clear-cut partition of the story into three straightforward, facetiously named episodes. Yet there are other ceremonial characteristics of substance: Tom DiCillo's black-and-white camera work, which provides Jarmusch's acute impression for the American panorama; and the arresting appliance of music, which favorably apposes Screamin' Jay Hawkins's I Put a Spell on You with the folksy tinges of John Lurie's score for string quartet.
This is definitely a road movie, but one with a distinction: Different from most instances of the then still immensely fashionable genre, Stranger Than Paradise appeared simultaneously comprehensively American and strangely European. The oddly enlightening aggregate of involvement and reserve may be found in the film's lovingly absurd view of Willie's chic affectations, its quaint posture toward some of the inanities of American culture and in the way it harmonizes a decidedly American genre and decidedly American plotif a narrative as gravely sparse and as concentrated on dead moments may be dubbed a plotwith all form of un-Hollywood expression.
The look, rhythm, cast and mainly dismal feel bring to mind not The Blues Brothers, or even the rather subdued Last Detail, but the beginnings of the degree of minimalism to which Jarmusch would take his later work.
However he also loves various attributes of popular culture. See how Willie and Eva watch Forbidden Planet on TV or go with Eddie and Eva's discouraged fancier to see a bone-crunching Hong Kong martial-arts flick at a Cleveland grindhouse, and lets them neighbor more virtuous aspects of his films, in such a way that there is no discrepancy between high and low. And it's for that scarce but wholly judicious mindset that Jarmusch is to be particularly noted.
It's doable to distinguish his connection with a gamut of later American indie directors, specifically in his desert drollery, his passionately entertained captivation with slackers of sundry kinds, his concern with sequential framework, his affinity for severely subdued stories, and his clever, antiquated references to popular culture. All these, at a time scarce in American cinema, are now pretty ubiquitous.
But the rhyme, the unabashed regard for cinema as a quality, production, expression, a realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance, even the mundanities of life and the most everyday scenery possible, that can confront crucial, important matters is far more difficult to come across. Considering, in the end, no matter how amusing, stylized, minute or insignificant his films may strike one at first, they are always about something.
For all his cinephilia, they're inspired not, like Tarantino and Rodriguez, by other movies, but by life: And while this black-and-white deadpan pop culture satire may be a comedy, an dissection of cinematic storytelling, and a thoroughly cynical yarn, it's also a film about America and the people who live there. It's about those people's connections to each other, and their connections to the rooms they populate, the city streets, the suburbs, diners and highways. And it's made by someone who knows there may be reality in abstraction, who finds a visceral alliteration separating a snow-coated Lake Erie and a barren Florida beach, and who fashions an implausibly true character like Aunt Lotte, always jabbering to her tender company in Hungarian, whether they're listening or not.
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You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Writer and director Jim Jarmusch shot his first feature, Permanent Vacation as his final thesis while at New York University 's film school, and spent the following four years making Stranger than Paradise.
At NYU, he had studied under iconic director Nicholas Ray , who had brought him along as his personal assistant for the production of Lightning over Water , a portrait of Ray that was being filmed by Wim Wenders. This short was released as a standalone film in ,  and shown as "Stranger Than Paradise" at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. When it was later expanded into a three-act feature , that name was appropriated for the feature itself, and the initial segment was renamed "The New World". Film critic Pauline Kael gave the film a generally positive review.
The first section is set in the bare Lower East Side apartment of Willie, who is forced to take in Eva, his year-old cousin from Budapest, for ten days. The joke here is the basic joke of the whole movie. It's in what Willie doesn't do: Then Eddie comes in, even further down on the lumpen scale.
State of the Art. Willie decides, because of all the money they now have, to go to Cleveland to see Eva. Along with a friend, they eventually end up visiting their aunt in the wastelands of Cleveland and then proceed to Florida where they lose all their money gambling before unwittingly gaining a fortune. At NYU, he had studied under iconic director Nicholas Ray , who had brought him along as his personal assistant for the production of Lightning over Water , a portrait of Ray that was being filmed by Wim Wenders. Check out the parts the " The Marvelous Mrs. Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani, Nellie.
Willie bets on the horses; Eddie bets on dog races. Eva, who never gets to see more of New York than the drab, anonymous looking area where Willie lives, goes off to Cleveland to stay with Aunt Lotte and work at a hot-dog stand. And when Willie and Eddie go to see her, all they see is an icy wasteland — slums and desolation — and Eddie says 'You know it's funny.
You come to someplace new, and everything looks just the same. The images are so emptied out that Jarmusch makes you notice every tiny, grungy detail.
And those black-outs have something of the effect of Samuel Beckett 's pauses: Both films were restored for the DVD release using high-definition digital transfers overseen and sanctioned by the director. Jim Jarmusch , a series of interviews with the cast and crew from both films by a German television program, as well as Some Days in January , a behind-the-scenes Super-8 film by the director's brother.
Stranger Than Paradise broke many conventions of traditional Hollywood filmmaking,  and became a landmark work in modern independent film. In , Stranger Than Paradise was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
The film features an original soundtrack written by John Lurie, who also stars in the film. Jaffe viola , Mary L. Rowell violin , Kay Stern violin , and Eugene Moye cello. The recording engineer for the sessions was Ollie Cotton. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Stranger Than Paradise movie poster.
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