Stranger Than Paradise Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise

Jim Jarmusch

 
Stranger Than Paradise (Criterion DVD)

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2 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1984
  • 89 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.78:1
  • English
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  • Spine #400

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema.

Cast

WillieJohn Lurie
EvaEszter Balint
EddieRichard Edson
Aunt LotteCecillia Stark
BillyDanny Rosen
Man with moneyRammellzee
Airline agentTom DiCillo
Factory workerRichard Boes
Girl with hatSara Driver

Credits

DirectorJim Jarmusch
CinematographyTom DiCillo
ProducerSara Driver
ScreenplayJim Jarmusch
Executive producerOtto Grokenberger
MusicJohn Lurie
EditingJim Jarmusch and Melody London
SoundGreg Curry and Drew Kunin
Part one (“The New World”) from an idea byJim Jarmusch and John Lurie

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED DOUBLE-DISC SET:

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised and approved by director Jim Jarmusch
  • Permanent Vacation (1980, 75 minutes), Jarmusch’s feature debut, presented in a new, restored high-definition digital transfer supervised by the director
  • Kino ’84: Jim Jarmusch: a 1984 German television program featuring interviews with cast and crew from Stranger Than Paradise and Permanent Vacation
  • Some Days in January, 1984, a behind-the-scenes Super-8 film by Tom Jarmusch
  • Location scouting photos
  • U.S. and Japanese trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring Jarmusch’s 1984 “Some Notes on Stranger Than Paradise,” Geoff Andrew and J. Hoberman on Stranger Than Paradise, and Luc Sante on Permanent Vacation

    New cover by Eric Skillman

Film Essays

Stranger Than Paradise: Enter Jarmusch

By Geoff Andrew September 03, 2007

Very few movies count as truly significant milestones in the development of American “indie” cinema during the last quarter of the twentieth century. They include Eraserhead (1977) and Return of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Paradise Regained

By J. Hoberman September 03, 2007

It came from nowhere, it’s always been here—or so Stranger Than Paradise might seem. Jim Jarmusch had completed his first feature, Permanent Vacation, in 1980 and spent the next four years . . . Read more »

News

Jarmusch to Guest Curate ATP New York 2010

February 17, 2010

The organizers of All Tomorrow Parties in New York have tapped Jim Jarmusch to be a guest curator at this year’s event. The independent music festival (which for the last couple of years has . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Stranger Than Paradise: Enter Jarmusch

By Geoff Andrew September 03, 2007

Very few movies count as truly significant milestones in the development of American “indie” cinema during the last quarter of the twentieth century. They include Eraserhead (1977) and Return of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Paradise Regained

By J. Hoberman September 03, 2007

It came from nowhere, it’s always been here—or so Stranger Than Paradise might seem. Jim Jarmusch had completed his first feature, Permanent Vacation, in 1980 and spent the next four years . . . Read more »