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Night on Earth

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Jim Jarmusch's episodic slice-of-life drama follows the adventures of five different cabdrivers in five different cities all over the world. In Los Angeles, a young female driver (Winona Ryder) charms her snooty passenger--an agent (Gena Rowlands) who believes she's found her latest star in the tomboyish cabbie. In New York, a man (Giancarlo Esposito) gets into a taxi only to find that his immigrant driver (Armin Mueller-Stahl) has no idea how to drive. The Paris segment features an angry sightless woman (Beatrice Dalle) who provokes her African driver (Isaach de Bankole). In Rome, Roberto Benigni stars as a hyperactive taxi driver who confesses his odd sexual practices to a clergyman (Paolo Bonacelli) and is shocked when the priest has a heart attack. The film's climactic scene in Helsinki follows a cabdriver who listens to a tragic and poignant tale from one of his three inebriated passengers only to top him with his own, sadder story. Colorfully photographed by Frederick Elmes, NIGHT ON EARTH features an original score by the masterful Tom Waits. Jarmusch handles his various stories--as well as actors--with his traditional lighthearted sincerity, resulting in another original tale from one of independent film's most distinct directors.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CC1711

  • Credits
    Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Rosie Perez, Roberto Benigni, Giancarlo Esposito, Armin Mueller-Stahl
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Delirious....Jarmusch agains demonstrates his mastery of the comedy of the oblique..."
    New York Times

    "...[A] cutely clever premise....Minimalist filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has gone maximum..."
    USA Today

    "...Jarmusch may be the first great American director to specialize in downtime....Jarmusch is a classical filmmaker..."
    Film Comment

    "...NIGHT ON EARTH is a series of off-the-wall duets....There are moments that catch you delightfully off guard..."
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[The] film has a gentle ease....The deliberate, even rhythms give the brief stories an almost fated quality..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Jarmusch is a poet of the night. Much of NIGHT ON EARTH creates the same kind of lonely, elegiac, romantic mood of MYSTERY TRAIN..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "The stories produce a powerful cumulative effect."
    Sight and Sound

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