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Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch

Juan A. Suárez
Copyright Date: 2007
Pages: 216
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    Jim Jarmusch
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    At a time when gimmicky, action-driven blockbusters ruled Hollywood, Jim Jarmusch spearheaded a boom in independent cinema by making low-budget films focused on intimacy, character, and new takes on classical narratives. His minimal form, peculiar pacing, wry humor, and blank affect have since been adopted by directors including Sophia Coppola, Hal Harley, Richard Linklater, and Wong Kar-Wai. Juan A. Suarez's Jim Jarmusch analyzes the director's work from three mutually implicated perspectives: in relation to independent filmmaking from the 1980s to the present; as a form of cultural production that appropriates existing icons, genres, and motifs; and as an instance of postmodern politics.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09607-5
    Subjects: History, Film Studies

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-x)
  3. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xi-xiv)
  4. A Stranger Here Myself
    (pp. 1-152)

    Jim Jarmusch stands in recent film history very much as one of his own characters: an endearing eccentric slightly at odds with his surroundings whose presence is at once self-effacing and subtly pervasive. His output has been relatively small—nine feature films and a handful of shorts produced since 1979—and yet he is one of the most influential filmmakers to emerge in the United States in the last three decades. His early films,Stranger than Paradise(1984) andDown by Law(1986), drew considerable attention to the independent cinema at a time when the high-concept, action-packed blockbuster was already...

  5. Interview with Jim Jarmusch
    (pp. 153-174)
    Tod Lippy and Jim Jarmusch

    Tod lippy: When did you first move to New York?

    Jim jarmusch: I came to New York in 1974, I think, after spending a year at Northwestern University in the Medill School of Journalism. I was pretty much asked to leave the school because I wasn’t completing my requirements in journalism—I was taking classes in literature and art history and history and philosophy. I transferred to Columbia, where I studied English and comparative literature, so that’s how I got here.

    Tl: Was the city everything you expected?

    Jj: It was pretty intense, because I arrived here in late August...

  6. Filmography
    (pp. 175-184)
  7. Bibliography
    (pp. 185-192)
  8. Index
    (pp. 193-196)
  9. Back Matter
    (pp. 197-200)