Stranger than Paradise

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“I once had a dream, or a vision, and I imagined that dream to be of importance to other people, so I wrote the manuscript and made the film. But it is not until the moment when my dream meets with your emotions and your minds that my shadows come to life. It is your recognition that brings them to life. It is you indifference that kills them. I hope that you will understand; that you when you leave the cinema will take with you an experience or a sudden thought—or maybe a question. The efforts of my friends and myself have then not been in vain…”
— Ingmar Bergman

Sunset Boulevard | Billy Wilder | 1950
Shirin | Abbas Kiarostami | 2008
Taxi Driver | Martin Scorsese | 1976
Goodbye, Dragon Inn | Tsai Ming-liang | 2003
Stranger Than Paradise | Jim Jarmusch | 1984
Vivre Sa Vie | Jean-Luc Godard | 1962
The Aviator | Martin Scorsese | 2004
Tropical Malady | Apichatpong Weerasethakul | 2004
Amélie | Jean-Pierre Jeunet | 2001
#ALLMYMOVIES | LaBeouf, Rönkkö & Turner | 2015

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”

Happy birthday, Mr. Jarmusch.

Read J. Hoberman’s essay on where it all began: STRANGER THAN PARADISE.

Look through polaroids of Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni while filming DOWN BY LAW.

Or watch Jim talk about musicians, filmmaking, Robert Mitchum, and the Sons of Lee Marvin.