Stranger Than Paradise
Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.
Stranger Than Paradise is by definition a listless film. Every cut leads to black, leads to one shot, and cut to black for the next shot again. It doesn't really seem to move much. But there's a great energy hidden under all this, as the film is full of an unseen humor as Jarmusch invites at us to laugh at the quite ordinary misadventures of three people looking to do something in an aimless world.
But they can't, because the world is an empty place where even a different location doesn't offer much variety. It's all a series of moments trying to find meaning in nothing. Jarmusch here evolves from the roughness…
Willie and Eddie have come to Cleveland to meet Eva, Willie’s cousin from Hungary who works in a hot dog stand. They were bored of staying in New York and took the decision of ‘getting out for a few days’. A few days pass in Cleveland and Eddie exclaims,”You come to someplace new, and everything looks just the same.” When Eva had come to America for the first time about a year ago and was staying at Willie’s before going to Cleveland, Eddie had told her, in a friendly ‘Hey, how you doing’ conversation, that Cleveland is ‘a beautiful city with a big, beautiful lake’ even when he had never been there. Now when Eva brings them to the lake,…
I can appreciate its' realistic & natural characters which felt like they just picked them up off the street. I can appreciate its' static camerawork, shot in black and white, which is perfectly in sync with the film's laid back, melancholy tone. I can respect it's influence on independant cinema and how it showcased what can be accomplished with a low budget. But if I'm being honest, I was.... bored - just as bored as these characters were!
The film stars John Lurie as Willie, a loafer living in New York, who gets told that his cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) is coming from Hungary to stay with him for 10 days while his aunt is in the hospital. At first, Willie…
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Supposedly considered a hugely important film, not only does Stranger Than Paradise prove to me at least with this watch that not only is it important but clearly Jarmusch has bountiful amounts of talent. My only other film of his I watched was Dead Man which I loved so he's certainly an auteur whose films I plan on hunting down some time.
The film is very deadpan in it's humour which I really liked, it's practically buried and hidden but it's definitely there. The tiny budget meant Jarmusch had to use and utilize each scene with precision and he does exactly that. Whilst this is the case, there is a clear presence of his idiosyncratic style…
Slow-paced, lots of mumbling, and a static camera - Stranger than paradise has just about everything I gathered about Jarmusch's style from watching Dead Man. His acclaimed sophomore effort, responsible for jumpstarting a whole wave of American independent films in the late 80s and early 90s, to which he contributed many more, is narratively and visually simplistic but much smarter than it seems at first glance. What easily comes off as way too off-beat and shallow eventually develops into something very interesting and thought-provoking. Although plot-wise not much happens and one may even call it boring, it consistently pleases with bucket loads of deadpan humour, which makes the laboriously slow movement of the story not just bearable but actually very…
I was aware that Stranger Than Paradise wasn't a movie for everyone before I started watching it. I'm one of those people it wasn't for.
Now, I didn't think Stranger Than Paradise was bad, I thought it was okay. That being said, here's what I didn't like:
-How everyone mumbled while talking. At some points I didn't understand anything and started to consider downloading subtitles.
-I know the characters are supposed to be realistic and all, but I just thought the line delivery and performances from everyone seemed so uninspired and unenthusiastic, especially from Eszter Balint. But the performances kind of improved as the movie progressed a little bit.
-A lot of people says the scene in the cinema was…
If it weren't for the rather entertaining ending to Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise, I might have been the most indifferent I've ever been while watching a film. For the most part it inspired neither contempt nor enjoyment per se, it just sort of existed on screen as a collection of images. It was a very distanced and disembodied feeling that was oddly appreciable.
Stranger Than Paradise charts the relationship of a jaded New Yorker and his Hungarian immigrant cousin who stays with him for 10 days in the city and then picks the story up a year later when he and his friend visit the cousin in Cincinnati before going on a trip to Florida. Like Jarmusch's previous film,…
One of the laziest pursuits of the American Dream that I can remember watching, told through the eyes of New York hipsters (John Lurie and Richard Edson) - one of whom emigrated ten years prior from Hungary yet now frequently disavows his roots - who stroll towards good times with all the passion of ushers taking tickets from train passengers. As men lacking vision their travels may take them from their home to Cleveland and, finally, Florida, but aside from the geographical differences, they never really seem to find themselves anywhere but the same stretches of worn-out back roads dotted with the homes of restful locals. They simply expect success to plop in their laps as if past due, with…
Enjoyable Jarmusch film that quietly rambles along in its own unique mood. Memorable and offbeat. Great song by Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
"It's Screamin' Jay Hawkins, and he's a wild man, so bug off."
I wish I lived in a Jim Jarmusch film...
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An interesting study in Loneliness.
Every person in this film struggles with the overwhelming pressure and atmosphere of this moody film. In bleak black & white Jarmusch crafts his debut as a unique slow paced, noirish and quiet film with charming splashes of humanity.
The ending is wonderful, and the soundtrack is great.
Edit: This is apparently not his debut, but im going straight ahead with momentum.
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A very entrancing yet simple film about three people dealing with alienation in 3 different parts of America that is told with such style by Jim Jarmusch.
Can clearly see the influence of Godard and Truffaut, very stylish considering the low budget Jarmusch was working with. Even though nothing happens in a Hollywood sense I found the story and characters very absorbing.