Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch

Highest Rated: 100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004)

Lowest Rated: 33% Rockets Redglare! (2004)

Birthday: Jan 22, 1953

Birthplace: Not Available

With his trademark shock of white hair and ultra-cool rock star persona, Jim Jarmusch is the archetypal auteur of American independent film. Steadfastly resisting the sirens of Hollywood, Jarmusch has fashioned stylish, worldly, and thoroughly hip movies that have been the toast of the international film circuit.Born on January 22, 1953, in Akron, OH, Jarmusch was the son of a former film critic for the Akron Beacon Journal. As a child, he spent much of his time watching B-movie triple features. After graduating from high school in 1971, he ended up in New York before venturing to Paris one summer on an exchange program. He loved the place so much that he stayed there for a year, soaking up French culture, literature, and particularly films, spending much of his time going to the cinématheque instead of to classes. At that time, the hallowed French New Wave movement was still a recent memory and such luminaries as François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol, and Jean-Luc Godard were still regularly making movies. Upon his return to New York, Jarmusch transferred to Columbia University, where, though he eventually received a degree in English literature, his love of film continued to inspire him. With no film experience, he was accepted into New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and soon found himself a teaching assistant to legendary maverick filmmaker Nicholas Ray. Ray helped him get funding for his thesis project, Permanent Vacation (1980). Though the film was later released to critical acclaim, his professors were underwhelmed by his final project and Jarmusch never got a degree from N.Y.U.Jarmusch's break came with his next film. Originally dubbed New World, this 30-minute short eventually evolved into Stranger Than Paradise (1984), thanks to Wim Wenders, who donated a cache of unexposed film. Upon its release, Paradise was hailed as a masterpiece. It earned a Golden Leopard at the San Locarno Film Festival, a Best Film of the Year award from the National Society of Film Critics, and the Camera d'or at the Cannes Film Festival for best first picture. Critics responded to the film's deadpan wit and spare minimalist style, which drew comparisons to Robert Bresson, Yasujiro Ozu, and James Benning. Constructed as a series of discrete long takes broken up by black leader, the film was a conscious reaction against the hyperkinetic visual barrage of MTV.Paradise revealed a number of nascent motifs that would pervade Jarmusch's later work. Popular perceptions of America as seen by outsiders are a constant theme in Jarmusch's work. Eva, the newly arrived Hungarian immigrant in Paradise, is underwhelmed by life in America, though she is enamored of its music, and the Japanese couple in Mystery Train (1989) looks at Elvis Presley, the very icon of Americana, with a mixture of awe and befuddlement. Another theme is Jarmusch's fascination with music. As he has noted in numerous interviews, he drew inspiration from the do-it-yourself ethos of punk rock, which reached its zenith in New York just as he was directing his first feature; he cut an album with his band, the Del-Byzanteens, in the early '80s. His fascination with rock & roll is evident both in the stories he tells and in the actors he casts. Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" plays an integral part in Paradise, Mystery Train is entirely about the legacy of Elvis Presley, and his Year of the Horse (shot on Super-8 film) is a concert documentary on grunge godfather Neil Young. Such music luminaries as John Lurie, Tom Waits, Joe Strummer, and Hawkins have all had leading roles in his films. Jarmusch's next film, Down By Law, refined his trademark ironic wit and laconic style, adding gorgeous black-and-white photography and elegant tracking shots. Telling the story of an ebullient Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni) and two hepcat petty hoods (John Lurie and Tom Waits) thrown together in a jail cell, the film makes knowing use of Robert Bresson's A Man Escapes (1956), along

Highest Rated Movies



55% The Dead Don't Die Director Screenwriter 2019
No Score Yet Living the Light Actor 2018
52% Porto Executive Producer $12.3K 2017
96% Paterson Director Screenwriter $2.2M 2016
91% Uncle Howard Executive Producer Actor 2016
94% Gimme Danger Screenwriter Director $0.5M 2016
No Score Yet Hot Sugar's Cold World Actor 2015
85% Only Lovers Left Alive Screenwriter Director 2014
No Score Yet Travelling at Night With Jim Jarmusch Actor 2014
79% Blank City Actor 2011
No Score Yet Don't Expect Too Much Actor 2011
88% Reel Injun Interviewee 2010
42% The Limits of Control Screenwriter Director $0.4M 2009
54% Explicit Ills Executive Producer 2009
No Score Yet 40 X 15 Actor 2008
89% Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten Actor $0.2M 2007
87% Broken Flowers Producer Director Screenwriter $13.6M 2005
No Score Yet Punk: attitude Actor 2005
No Score Yet Excavating Taylor Mead Actor 2005
100% Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession Actor 2004
33% Rockets Redglare! Actor 2004
64% Coffee and Cigarettes Director Producer Screenwriter $2M 2004
86% Ten Minutes Older Screenwriter Director 2002
No Score Yet Chaplin Today: A King In New York Actor 2002
82% Ghost Dog - The Way of the Samurai Producer Director Screenwriter 2000
No Score Yet Pop Odyssee 2 - House of the Rising Punk Actor 1998
48% Year of the Horse Director 1997
80% Divine Trash Actor 1997
No Score Yet R.I.P. Rest In Pieces: A Portrait of Joe Coleman Actor 1997
96% Sling Blade Dairy Queen Boy 1996
No Score Yet The Typewriter, The Rifle and the Movie Camera Actor 1996
41% Blue in the Face Himself 1995
50% Cannes Man Himself 1995
71% Dead Man Screenwriter Director 1995
No Score Yet Iron Horsemen Silver Rider 1994
No Score Yet Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made Himself Director 1994
No Score Yet When Pigs Fly Executive Producer 1993
No Score Yet Fishing With John Actor 1992
92% In the Soup Monty 1992
75% Night on Earth Director Screenwriter Producer 1991
No Score Yet The Golden Boat Stranger 1990
89% Mystery Train Director Screenwriter 1989
100% Leningrad Cowboys Go America Car Dealer 1989
No Score Yet American Autobahn Movie Producer 1989
No Score Yet Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (Helsinki-Naples All Night Long) Barkeeper #2 1987
38% Straight to Hell Mr. Amos Dade 1987
87% Down by Law Screenwriter Director 1986
96% Stranger Than Paradise Screenwriter Director 1984
No Score Yet You Are Not I Screenwriter 1981
No Score Yet Permanent Vacation Director Screenwriter Producer 1980


No Score Yet Independent Lens
Appearing 2010
79% Bored to Death
Himself 2009
85% The Simpsons
Voice 2008


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