sons of lee marvin

“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.

I’ll never forget when I was in the first grade and Billy Jensen brought Lee “FUCKING” Marvin to show and tell. Marvin smelled like gasoline and kept trying to bum smokes off of Joe, who was a sleepy little fat kid in glasses.

None of us really gave a shit about Lee “FUCKING” Marvin though, especially once Chris Willis brought out an actual X-wing fighter. Holy Shit Dude! A real X-wing fighter! not made out of legos! You could put an action figure in the cockpit and you push a button and the wings popped open! And you push another button and Lee “FUCKING” Marvin made laser sounds and sent Joe flying with a left hook.

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*editors note “Sons of Lee Marvin” is not a real movie… yet. But it is a secret society, founded by Jim Jarmusch. Memebers include Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Neil Young, Thurston Moore, Jeff Bridges, and Jon Lurie.