stranger than films

“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.

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“Because it’s a book about a man who doesn’t know he’s about to die and then dies. But if the man does know he’s going to die and dies anyway, dies willingly, knowing he could stop it, then i mean, isn’t that the type of man you want to keep alive?”

Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

Director: Marc Forster

You haven’t lived until you’ve experienced the most violent and shocking film.
Probably because you lead such a dreary boring and uneventful life you uninteresting little worm.

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Stranger Than Paradise | 1984 | dir. Jim Jarmusch

It’s not necessarily the adventures of Willie (John Lurie), Eva (Eszter Balint), and Eddie (Richard Edson) that make this feature so great, considering these characters don’t really do much on those jaunts besides smoke cigarettes, watch TV, and gamble, but rather because of the intimacy that exists between the film and the viewer thanks to the grounded performances. 

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