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Jim Jarmusch : Contemporary Film Directors - Juan A. Suarez

Jim Jarmusch

Contemporary Film Directors

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The first major English-language study of Jarmusch
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.

A volume in the series Contemporary Film Directors, edited by James R. Naremore

"This insightful and lively book is wonderfully freighted with information and ideas. The Jarmusch fan will find that the films are covered in appropriate depth and detail, while those interested in the place of current film within broader cultural developments will find much valuable and informative reading." R. Barton Palmer, author of Joel and Ethan Coen

A stranger here myselfp. 1
Akron/The cinematheque/Lightning over waterp. 6
Downtown post-popp. 11
Punkp. 16
Pretty vacantp. 20
Stranger than paradisep. 28
Independent cinema - the 1980sp. 39
Oblique lines and languor : Down by lawp. 47
Phantom Memphisp. 58
Transient intimacies : Night on earthp. 72
Are you trying to tell me the drumming in my records sucks? : Coffee and cigarettesp. 86
Tracking and literature : the 1990sp. 95
Dead manp. 103
Rock sublime : Year of the horsep. 117
Citing, touching, dwelling : Ghost dogp. 124
"Strange how people's lives change": Broken flowersp. 140
Interview with Jim Jarmuschp. 153
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ISBN: 9780252074431
ISBN-10: 0252074432
Series: Contemporary Film Directors
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 216
Published: 13th August 2007
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.32
Weight (kg): 0.28