Jim Jarmusch’s Films – A Balancing Act



“Anyone who makes a film that is the film they want to make, and it is not defined by marketing analysis or a commercial enterprise, is independent. My movies are kind of made by hand. They’re not polished — they’re sort of built in the garage. It’s more like being an artisan in some way.” – Jim Jarmusch on his apparent ‘independent’ films.

What a guy, what a vision; this sounds plain when one has witnessed the pure ‘artisan’ quality of a Jim Jarmusch film.  For me the perfection inherent in Jim Jarmusch’s films rely on the subtle yet all encompassing balance between the setting, the characters, the story and the cinematography. These all equally need each other in order to convey  such intense balance as displayed in Jarmusch’s work. While watching his films I usually experience a feeling reminiscent of a perfect state of equilibrium.

Watch Permanent Vacation (1980), Stranger than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Night on Earth (1991), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005) and The Limits of Control (2009) and you’ll understand the feeling.

– re-edited 3 July 2013, written by Carla Espost in 2011 

Taken from – http://screenforum.blogspot.com/2011/05/jim-jarmusch-films-balancing-act.html


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