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Les Variations Jarmusch

Esther Heboyan

Partie I. Jim Jarmusch, perspectives et (dis)continuités / Jim Jarmusch, perspectives and (dis)continuities

A sad an’beautiful world: Jim Jarmusch in context 1

Geoff Andrew

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This lecture came at the start of a retrospective devoted to Jim Jarmusch at the British Film Institute Southbank cinematheque in London. As then, I shall be looking at certain recurrent themes in Jarmusch’s work, and the way he uses film to deal with those themes. In other words, I’ll be looking at both form and content, which in Jarmusch’s case, as in the work of most artists of note, are inextricably bound together.

So this won’t be a historical account of Jarmusch’s life and work. Many of you will already know that he was born and grew up in Akron, Ohio in the 1950s, went to study in New York and Paris, was a member of a New York No Wave garage band called the Del-Byzanteeens, studied for a while under Nicholas Ray, was given some film by both Wim Wenders and Jean-Marie Straub when he was trying to complete Stranger than Paradise, and so on.

Too often, those who’ve written or spoken about Jarmusch seem to have felt it was enough simply to describe him as the King of Cool or some s...


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