Exploring the unexplored

Exploring the unexplored

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Exploring the unexplored


An American independent film-maker and script writer, he is a passionate promoter of independent cinema. He is widely known for his distinct approach to film-making. His films generally break away from the confines of a traditional three-act structure technique; and as a result lack plot progression. They revolve around seemingly helpless, aimless characters.     

In an effort to introduce Jim Jarmusch to the Bangalore’s film lovers, the Bangalore Film Society, organised a series of  his films at Ashirvad last week. 

Jarmusch's famous film Down by Law had about ten people in the audience. A 1986 movie, Down by Law stars musicians Tom Waits, John Lurie and Italian comic actor Roberto Beningne. The movie revolves around the lives of three aimless, helpless men who find themselves in Louisiana jail (Orleans Parish Prison). The focus of the movie is on their ordeal in the jail and the circumstances they are caught in that led to a forced friendship where the three men had to stick to each other and the shows the growing friendship between them as the story progresses. The three men escaped from the jail, just to find themselves caught in the middle of nowhere in a swampy tropical jungle as best expressed in the movie's dialogue From frying pan into the fire.

Jim’s Permanent Vacation is about a young man who has lost the will to live and who was not able to find happiness in the small things that life presents us, human beings, with. He is basically a loner who simply drift away with the passage of time.

The movie takes you through the journey of his life as he comes across interesting characters in his search for better place and also for the answers to many unanswerable questions.

In Stranger Than Paradise, Jim Jarmusch has shot the Rootless Hungarian emigre Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) who always manages to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland. With its delicate humour and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch's one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, “Stranger Than Paradise,” forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema. 

It was a new experience altogether for those watched Jim Jarmusch’s films. They were amazed by the extent of sensitivity and sensibility pumped into each of his films. They say he traversed rough terrains to capture and shoot the unusual. 

Sanjana and Dipti, both first year BA students at Mount Carmel College said that they’re so inspired by Jim Jarmusch’s film that they hope to do a project on him and his films this year. Anish Mathew, another student said that he enjoyed the cinematography the most.

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