Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger than Paradise is a bracingly original avant-garde black comedy. Begun as a short which was presented under the same title at some earlier festivals, film has been expanded in outstanding fashion by young New York writer-director Jim Jarmusch.

With:
John Lurie Eszter Balint Richard Edson Cecilia Stark

Stranger than Paradise is a bracingly original avant-garde black comedy. Begun as a short which was presented under the same title at some earlier festivals, film has been expanded in outstanding fashion by young New York writer-director Jim Jarmusch.

Simple narrative starts with self-styled New York hipster Willie (John Lurie) being paid a surprise, and quite unwelcome, visit by Hungarian cousin Eva (Eszter Balint). But when she finally leaves after 10 days, there seems to be a strange sort of affection between them.

Since plot doesn’t count for much here, the style takes over, and Jarmusch has made such matters as camera placement, composition (in stunning black-and-white) and structure count for a lot.

Stranger Than Paradise

Production: Cinesthesia-Grokenberger. Director Jim Jarmusch; Producer Sara Driver; Screenplay Jim Jarmusch; Camera Tom DiCillo; Editor Jim Jarmusch, Melody London; Music John Lurie

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1984. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: John Lurie Eszter Balint Richard Edson Cecilia Stark

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