• For the second year in a row, Barry Hogan and Deborah Kee Higgins, the organizers of All Tomorrow’s Parties, the committedly independent, globe-trotting music festival, invited the Criterion Collection staff to build an HD cinema for the event’s U.S. venue, Kutsher’s Country Club in New York’s Catskill Mountains. Director Jim Jarmusch came upstate for the music program, which included shows by the Flaming Lips, Suicide, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, Iron and Wine, Deerhunter, and Boris, but when Criterion screened his 1989 Mystery Train, Jim stopped by to talk to the crowd, which included the Lips’ Wayne Coyne. We got it all on tape—here are some highlights.


    MUSICIANS AS ACTORS


    ROBERT MITCHUM AND IGGY POP


    ROBERTO BENIGNI AND THE SONS OF LEE MARVIN

15 comments

  • By Brian
    September 24, 2009
    07:06 PM

    Jim Jarmusch is brilliant!
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  • By neil
    September 24, 2009
    07:27 PM

    great stuff, thanks for filming and posting this.
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  • By Benjamin
    September 24, 2009
    11:20 PM

    I have more than a hundred Criterion discs in my collection, including some of the rarer stuff like Salo and RoboCop and a few others, but none of them hold a candle to the copy of Night on Earth that Jim Jarmusch gave to me after answering my question about the Sons of Lee Marvin. Thank you, sir, and thank you, Criterion.
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  • By Shaun
    September 25, 2009
    05:47 AM

    I hope this is a hint that Mystery Train is coming to the collection and I hope these interviews and a good deal more of them will be on the second disc (yes, I'm hoping for a 2-disc "special edition" - please please please). Thanks, this was great.
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  • By Richard
    September 25, 2009
    09:39 AM

    If I can look as good as Jim and Wayne then I fully embrace the full head of gray hair that I'm currently developing.
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  • By Cristopher Howard
    September 25, 2009
    12:06 PM

    Hello All, I need to say that Criterion is the Best thing to happen to Home Veiwing sinse Cain Beat the $%#@ out of Able! Thanks fer the Jarmusch interview, Very Cool. Mitchum / Iggy story was priceless. ? Being a big fan of All Western Genras (Offbeat & Spaghetti!) is there any future Criterion plans to release anything from this catagory? DEADMAN would realy make a fine addition. Whatever you at Criterion decide will be added to my collection!
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  • By David Hollingsworth
    September 25, 2009
    04:16 PM

    Thank you Criterion, for making my day by posting these videos. They are a great new way to get more in-depth about film, and music history. I am such a huge fan of Jamusch, and he is still at the top of his creative form. I am one of your biggest fans/admirers, but unfortunately, I only own three of your DVDs, but I am trying, still, to add to my collection.
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  • By Matthias Becker
    September 26, 2009
    04:53 AM

    These are just great! I haven't seen alot of videos with Jarmusch talking, but it seems that I missed out very much. I've found his latest work, The Limits of Control, to be so fascinating that I watched it two times in a row. You can tell by watching each and every one of his films, just how necessary and important the musical choices are, because after all they set the very unique rythm of images.
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  • By Benjamin Redder
    September 30, 2009
    04:42 AM

    Shaun - it was asked if Mystery Train would be a future Criterion release and Jim and Lee confirmed that, yes, it will be released next year at some point.
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  • By Joseph Ngo
    October 01, 2009
    11:23 PM

    Mystery Train on Criterion = complete awesomeness.
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  • By Maurice Roy
    October 08, 2009
    06:46 PM

    Thanks to you for all the sweet efforts you do for the whole cinematography all aroud the world. I was in China earlier this year and I bought the whole collection of Jim Jarmusch this great cinematographer who is one of the best in presenting is sensible vision of what is in interested in life. You are not oblige to catch is deep minding about things to be one of is f
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  • By Shaun
    October 09, 2009
    05:25 PM

    Benjamin, Thank you for letting us know, I'm glad to hear it. Mystery Train is one of his great ones imo.
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  • By Gam
    October 10, 2009
    03:11 AM

    The first clip times out,,, can't watch it. The two others are fine.
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  • By Rich
    October 17, 2009
    06:34 PM

    These videos were enjoyable. Jim Jarmusch is one of my favorite directors. Shaun's idea of a two-disc Mystery Train would be an incredible addition to anyone's collection. Keep up the good work, Criterion.
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  • By numbst
    September 12, 2012
    03:23 PM

    As above (just a little later), I too believe Deadman would make a fabulous Criterion addition.
    Reply

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