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Jim Jarmusch

Lowest Rated:   33% Rockets Redglare! (2004)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
96% Paterson
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$2.2M 2016
91% Uncle Howard
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2016
95% Gimme Danger
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
$0.5M 2016
No Score Yet Hot Sugar's Cold World
  • Actor
2015
86% Only Lovers Left Alive
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
87% Reel Injun
  • Interviewee
2010
42% The Limits of Control
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
$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
88% Broken Flowers
  • Director
  • Producer
  • 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
65% Coffee and Cigarettes
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
$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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2000
No Score Yet Pop Odyssee 2 - House of the Rising Punk
  • Actor
1998
50% Year of the Horse
  • Director
1997
80% Divine Trash
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Rest in Pieces: A Portrait of Joe Coleman
  • 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
43% Blue in the Face
  • Himself
1995
50% Cannes Man
  • Himself
1995
71% Dead Man
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
73% Night on Earth
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet The Golden Boat
  • Stranger
1990
88% Mystery Train
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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
90% Down by Law
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1986
95% Stranger Than Paradise
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet You Are Not I
  • Screenwriter
1981
No Score Yet Permanent Vacation
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2010
71% Bored to Death
2009-2011
  • Himself
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
  • 2008

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