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Night on Earth

Jim Jarmusch

 
Night on Earth (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1991
  • 128 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.78:1
  • Finnish, French, Italian, English
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  • Spine #401

Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Beatrice Dalle, and Roberto Benigni) for this hilarious quintet of tales of urban displacement and existential angst, spanning time zones, continents, and languages. Jarmusch’s lovingly askew view of humanity from the passenger seat makes for one of his most charming and beloved films

Credits

DirectorJim Jarmusch
Written, Produced, and Directed byJim Jarmusch
MusicTom Waits
CinematographyFrederick Elmes
EditingJay Rabinowitz
Original songsTom Waits and Kathleen Brennan
Executive producerJim Stark
Co-producerDemetra J. MacBride
Line producerRudd Simmons
Co-executive producersMasahiro Inbe and Toboru Takayama

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch
  • Audio commentary by director of photography Frederick Elmes and location sound mixer Drew Kunin
  • Q&A with Jarmusch, in which he responds to questions sent by fans
  • 1992 Belgian television interview with Jarmusch
  • New and improved subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by Thom Andersen, Paul Auster, Bernard Eisenschitz, Goffredo Fofi, and Peter von Bagh, and the lyrics to Tom Waits’s original songs from the film

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Night on Earth: Los Angeles—Passing Through Twilight

By Thom Andersen September 03, 2007

I was a cab driver once myself (in Los Angeles, in the mid-1970s), and I’ve been sensitive ever since to how the profession is portrayed on the screen. As it happened, I was driving a cab when . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night on Earth: New York—Jim Jarmusch, Poet

By Paul Auster September 03, 2007

As the opening credits for Night on Earth begin to roll, we are informed that the film is a Locus Solus Production. A curious name, no doubt unfamiliar to most people, but one that reveals a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night on Earth: Paris—Talk the Talk

By Bernard Eisenschitz September 03, 2007

A conversation, a misunderstanding. The basic pattern in many of Jim Jarmusch’s films is two characters, sometimes three, bound together by chance and wandering along toward an ill-defined goal, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night on Earth: Rome—Superficial Impressions about Jarmusch

By Goffredo Fofi September 03, 2007

Jim Jarmusch is a difficult director because he works from the frontiers. What does it mean to be a “frontier” director in the film world today? It means a clear refusal, for ethical and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night on Earth: Last Stop, Helsinki

By Peter von Bagh September 03, 2007

A taxi, without a client in the car or anywhere else in sight, goes around Helsinki’s Senate Square, a place that resonates with history, having seen more patriotism, class struggle, and . . . Read more »

Announcements

Ask Jim Jarmusch

December 22, 2009

When we released Jim Jarmusch’s films Down by Law and Night on Earth, the supplement Ask Jim, in which he answered questions viewers wrote in about his films, was so popular that we’ve decided . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night on Earth: Los Angeles—Passing Through Twilight

By Thom Andersen September 03, 2007

I was a cab driver once myself (in Los Angeles, in the mid-1970s), and I’ve been sensitive ever since to how the profession is portrayed on the screen. As it happened, I was driving a cab when . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night on Earth: New York—Jim Jarmusch, Poet

By Paul Auster September 03, 2007

As the opening credits for Night on Earth begin to roll, we are informed that the film is a Locus Solus Production. A curious name, no doubt unfamiliar to most people, but one that reveals a . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night on Earth: Paris—Talk the Talk

By Bernard Eisenschitz September 03, 2007

A conversation, a misunderstanding. The basic pattern in many of Jim Jarmusch’s films is two characters, sometimes three, bound together by chance and wandering along toward an ill-defined goal, . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night on Earth: Rome—Superficial Impressions about Jarmusch

By Goffredo Fofi September 03, 2007

Jim Jarmusch is a difficult director because he works from the frontiers. What does it mean to be a “frontier” director in the film world today? It means a clear refusal, for ethical and . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Night on Earth: Last Stop, Helsinki

By Peter von Bagh September 03, 2007

A taxi, without a client in the car or anywhere else in sight, goes around Helsinki’s Senate Square, a place that resonates with history, having seen more patriotism, class struggle, and . . . Read more »