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Dead Man

Dead Man

Jim Jarmusch

The great era of the Western was long over when Jim Jarmusch made “Dead Man”, and so his film became the Western to end all Westerns. Above all, it reverses the relationship between the natives and the settlers. “Dead Man” is a journey to death: the accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) intends to take up a position in the small-town Machine but is caught in a shootout and flees mortally wounded. He meets the Indian Nobody, who thinks he is the famous British poet William Blake (“Jerusalem”) and admires Blake’s spontaneous shooting skills. Shot in harsh black and white, starring Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop and Billy Bob Thornton, and backed by Neil Young's distorted guitar sound, "Dead Man" is a meditative and Kafkaesque journey through the Wild West. After “Night on Earth”, Pandora’s second production with Jarmusch.

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Direction Jim Jarmusch
Country USA, Germany, Japan
Year 1995
Duration 120 min
Language English with German subtitles
Production Demetra J. MacBride
Co-production Karen Koch
Cast Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover
Camera Robby Müller
Script Jim Jarmusch
Editing Jay Rabinowitz
Sound Coll Anderson, Kam Chan, Héctor Cordero, Marko A. Costanzo, Keith Culbertson, Dan Evans Farkas, Eugene Gearty, Mark Goodermote, Robert Hein, Hextro, Frank Kern, Drew Kunin, Julie Lindner, Kim
Music Neil Young
Sound Design -

European Film Awards 1996, National Society of Film Critics Awards 1997

About the director 

"The American auteur filmmaker, actor and producer Jim Jarmusch is recognised worldwide as a pioneering icon of independent film and is one of the few true auteur filmmakers to retain control of the entire production. In a career spanning over 40 years, his works have won almost every major film award. With cult classics of American independent cinema such as NIGHT ON EARTH, DOWN BY LAW and COFFEE AND CIGARETTES, Jarmusch, who took his first steps in the film world as a production assistant to Wim Wenders, has broken down conventional genre boundaries and shaped his very own style with an often laconic tone and a penchant for minimalist yet expressive black-and-white images. His unmistakable penchant for quirky characters not only attracts viewers, but also acting stars such as Johnny Depp, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, Forest Whitaker, Tilda Swinton and Steve Buscemi." (Arthaus.de)

The director about the film

Dead Man is a very simple story on the surface but there are so many things the film is about—history, language, America, indigenous culture, violence, industrialization. I wanted these things to be important but in a peripheral way. The film has a lot more levels than any of my other films but I wanted to stay focused on the simplicity of the story and let those other levels coexist without one taking precedence.“ Jim Jarmusch, published interview by the Filmmaker Magazine 1996

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