Jim Jarmusch

Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise

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.

Film Info

  • Jim Jarmusch
  • United States
  • 1984
  • 89 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.78:1
  • English
  • Spine #400

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Stranger Than Paradise
Cast
John Lurie
Willie
Eszter Balint
Eva
Richard Edson
Eddie
Cecillia Stark
Aunt Lotte
Danny Rosen
Billy
Rammellzee
Man with money
Tom DiCillo
Airline agent
Richard Boes
Factory worker
Sara Driver
Girl with hat
Credits
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Cinematography
Tom DiCillo
Producer
Sara Driver
Screenplay
Jim Jarmusch
Executive producer
Otto Grokenberger
Music
John Lurie
Editing
Jim Jarmusch
Editing
Melody London
Sound
Greg Curry
Sound
Drew Kunin
Part one (“The New World”) from an idea by
Jim Jarmusch
Part one (“The New World”) from an idea by
John Lurie

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