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Stranger Than Paradise

  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Beginning in New York City and ending up in Florida, Jim Jarmusch's STRANGER THAN PARADISE is a highly original comedy that has greatly influenced a new generation of filmmakers (most notably, Kevin Smith and Finland's Aki Kourismaki). Willie (John Lurie) is annoyed to learn that his younger cousin, Eva (Eszter Balint), is flying in from Hungary and plans on staying with him for ten days. When she arrives, she and Willie waste their days doing nothing. Eventually, Eva gets bored and leaves New York in order to visit her Aunt Lotte in Cleveland. When Willie and his friend Eddie (Richard Edson) get into trouble while cheating in a poker game, they decide to hit the road and track down Eva. Cleveland is even less exciting than New York, so the trio decide to take the plunge and journey to Florida, where they dream of winning an enormous amount at the track. Unfortunately, the reverse occurs, forcing them to confront the gravity of their situation head-on. Jarmusch fuses his love of European cinema with a New York hipness to create one of the decade's most influential films. Photographed in a static black and white by Tom Di Cillo (director of JOHNNY SUEDE and LIVING IN OBLIVION), STRANGER THAN PARADISE features comically understated performances by its three leads--who are all professional musicians.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1695

  • Credits
    Richard Edson, John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Cecilla Stark
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Something quite special....One of the most original, wonderfully oddball, independent American films..."
    New York Times

    Included in The New York Times "10 BEST FILMS OF 1984"
    New York Times

    "...STRANGER THAN PARADISE is a bracingly original avant-garde black comedy..."

    "...PARADISE's offbeat economy is inspiring; it's composed of only 67 single gorgeous black-and-white shots..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "[A] Beckettesque anomie prevails....Beautifully shot in black and white..."

    3 stars out of 4 -- "[T]his multiple award winner is droll, fabulously shot...and winningly captures an aimless lifestyle..."
    New York Times

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