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Stranger than Paradise


Part of  The Films of Jim Jarmusch – Every Thursday in September! 

In Jim Jarmusch’s classic hangdog fable, a pair of deadbeat hipsters (indelibly played by John Lurie and Richard Edson) and a teenage Hungarian immigrant (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the very least of any situation, elevating hanging-out to one of the fine arts.

Stranger than Paradise is a treasure from one end to the other … a constant, almost kaleidoscopic experience of discovery.” – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Shot by director-to-be Tom DiCillo in gritty black and white, and with a keen eye for desolation and disrepair, the film moves from the empty streets of Manhattan’s un-gentrified Lower East Side to the suburban sprawl of Cleveland to the scrubby Florida coastline. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece forever transformed the landscape of American indie cinema, and it was the director himself who most evocatively described the film’s winning, if incongruous, tone:  “a neo-realistic black comedy in the style of an imaginary Eastern European director obsessed with Ozu and The Honeymooners.” (Dir. by Jim Jarmusch, 1984, USA/West Germany, in English/Hungarian with subtitles, 89 mins., Rated R)