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James Roberto "Jim" Jarmusch (/ˈdʒɑrməʃ/; born January 22, 1953) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor and composer. Jarmusch has consistently been a major proponent of independent cinema since the 1980s. [Wikipedia]


James R. Jarmusch information

James R. Jarmusch information

Full nameJames R. Jarmusch
Know asJim Jarmusch, Jarmusch, Jim, Jim JamJar
Birth placeCuyahoga Falls, Ohio, United States
Birth dateJanuary 22, 1953
Age64 years, 6 month, 26 days
Star signAquarius
OccupationFilm director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor and composer
EducationColumbia University
Height6' 2" (1.88 m)

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Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gimme Danger2016Documentary
Paterson2016directed by
Only Lovers Left Alive2013
The Limits of Control2009
Broken Flowers2005
Coffee and Cigarettes2003
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet2002segment "Int. Trailer Night"
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai1999
Year of the Horse1997Documentary
Dead Man1995
Coffee and Cigarettes III1993Short
Night on Earth1991
Red Hot and Blue1990TV Movie segment "It's All Right With Me"
Mystery Train1989
Coffee and Cigarettes II1989Short
Talking Heads: Storytelling Giant1988Video
Coffee and Cigarettes1986Short
Down by Law1986
Stranger Than Paradise1984
Stranger Than Paradise1983Short
Permanent Vacation1980

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gimme Danger2016Documentary writer
Paterson2016written by
Only Lovers Left Alive2013written by
The Limits of Control2009written by
Broken Flowers2005written by
Coffee and Cigarettes2003written by
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet2002segment "Int. Trailer Night"
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai1999written by
Dead Man1995written by
Night on Earth1991written by
Mystery Train1989written by
Coffee and Cigarettes II1989Short writer
Coffee and Cigarettes1986Short
Down by Law1986written by
Stranger Than Paradise1984written by
You Are Not I1981
Permanent Vacation1980written by

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bored to Death2009TV SeriesJim Jarmusch
The Simpsons2008TV SeriesJim Jarmusch
V.I.P.2001TV SeriesJim Jarmusch
SpongeBob SquarePants2000TV SeriesJim Jarmusch
Cannes Man1997Jim Jarmusch
Sling Blade1996Frostee Cream Boy
Blue in the Face1995Bob
Iron Horsemen1994Silver Rider
In the Soup1992Monty
The Golden Boat1990Stranger
Leningrad Cowboys Go America1989Car Dealer / New York
Helsinki Napoli All Night Long1987Barkeeper #2
Candy Mountain1987uncredited
Straight to Hell1986Amos Dade
American Autobahn1984Movie Producer
Fräulein Berlin1984Jim Jarmusch

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Porto2016executive producer
Uncle Howard2016/IDocumentary executive producer
Explicit Ills2008executive producer
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai1999producer
When Pigs Fly1993executive producer
Night on Earth1991producer
You Are Not I1981producer
Permanent Vacation1980producer

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paterson2016original music written and performed by
Jim Jarmusch & Jozef Van Wissem: The Sun of the Natural World Is Pure Fire2012Short
The State of Things1982
Permanent Vacation1980

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Coffee and Cigarettes2003segment "Somewhere in California"
Coffee and Cigarettes III1993Short
Stranger Than Paradise1984
Permanent Vacation1980

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Year of the Horse1997Documentary
Sleepwalk1986
You Are Not I1981

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Burroughs: The Movie1983Documentary sound recordist
Arena1983TV Series documentary sound recordist - 1 episode
Underground U.S.A.1980sound recordist

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sleepwalk1986camera operator

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Only Lovers Left Alive2013musician - as SQÜRL

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gimme Danger2016Documentary writer: "Wind Across The Everglades", "MassExtinction#6", "Broken Contract"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lightning Over Water1980Documentary observer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Parched2014Short special thanks
A Fuller Life2013Documentary special thanks
Prevertere2012special thanks
Cove Road2012very special thanks
For Ellen2012thank you
Noch' Naprolyot2011Short acknowledgment
Genau2011thanks
If I Needed Someone2010Short special thanks
Window on Your Present2010grateful acknowledgment
Prime of Your Life2010special thanks
Idiots and Angels2008special thanks
Explicit Ills2008special thanks
The Elevator Storeys2006Short special thanks
La tigre e la neve2005thanks
Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room2005Documentary special thanks
Independent Lens2005TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode
Clerks1994special thanks: for leading the way
Love Four1994Video acknowledgment: super duper extra special thanks to
American Dream1990Documentary grateful thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Uncle Howard2016/IDocumentaryHimself
Park Bench with Steve Buscemi2015TV SeriesHimself
Hot Sugar's Cold World2015DocumentaryHimself
Citizen Kat2014Documentary shortHimself
Travelling at Night with Jim Jarmusch2014Documentary
Cinema 31987-2014TV SeriesHimself
Red Carpet2014/IHimself (uncredited)
NYFF512013ShortHimself
Song from the Forest2013DocumentaryHimself
Backstage Baby2013Documentary shortHimself
Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film2013TV Movie documentaryHimself - Filmmaker
Don't Expect Too Much2011DocumentaryHimself
Behind Jim Jarmusch2010DocumentaryHimself
Sodankylä ikuisesti2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Blank City2010Documentary
Zigag diario2010TV SeriesHimself
Días de cine2009TV SeriesHimself
Reel Injun2009DocumentaryHimself
No Wave - Underground '80: Berlin - New York2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Burning Down the House: The Story of CBGB2009DocumentaryHimself
40 x 152008DocumentaryHimself
Farmhouse: Jim Jarmusch at Work2008Documentary shortHimself
Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten2007DocumentaryHimself
In Bed with Carrie2007TV SeriesHimself
Ceremonia de clausura - 54º festival internacional de cine de San Sebastián2006TV MovieHimself
Die Invasion der Ideen2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 15th Annual Gotham Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Recipient
El Magacine2005TV SeriesHimself
Punk: Attitude2005DocumentaryHimself
Excavating Taylor Mead2005DocumentaryHimself
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rockets Redglare!2003DocumentaryHimself
Hollywood High2003TV Special documentaryHimself
Chaplin Today: A King in New York2003TV Short documentaryHimself
¿Quién es Alejandro Chomski?2002DocumentaryHimself
Focus on Jim Jarmusch2002TV MovieHimself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on Me2001DocumentaryHimself
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 3 - Toronto2000Video documentaryHimself
Pop Odyssee 2 - House of the Rising Punk1998TV Special documentaryHimself
Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Space Ghost Coast to Coast1998TV SeriesHimself
Divine Trash1998DocumentaryHimself
We're Outta Here!1997Video documentaryHimself
Year of the Horse1997DocumentaryHimself
R.I.P., Rest in Pieces1997DocumentaryHimself
The Typewriter, the Rifle & the Movie Camera1996DocumentaryHimself
American Cinema1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Tigrero: A Film That Was Never Made1994DocumentaryHimself
Cinefile: Made in the USA1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Fishing with John1991TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Media Show1988TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sassi nello stagno2016Documentary
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Sendung ohne Namen2003TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Original ScreenplayOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2013ICS Cannes AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest DirectorOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2013Special Prize of the JurySitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2011Officer of the Order of Arts and LettersOrder of Arts and Letters, FranceOn June 23, 2011.
2008Golden CoachCannes Film Festival
2006Czech LionCzech LionsBest Foreign Language Film (Nejlepsí zahranicní film)Broken Flowers (2005)
2005Audience AwardCambridge Film FestivalBest FilmBroken Flowers (2005)
2005Grand Prize of the JuryCannes Film FestivalBroken Flowers (2005)
2005Tribute AwardGotham Awards
2004Audience AwardJeonju Film FestivalCoffee and Cigarettes (2003)
2004Filmmaker on the Edge AwardProvincetown International Film Festival
1999Douglas Sirk AwardHamburg Film Festival
1999Audience AwardTallinn Black Nights Film FestivalGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
1998Special AwardCamerimageBest Independent Duo: Director - Cinematographer· Robby Müller
1996Screen International AwardEuropean Film AwardsDead Man (1995)
1996Storyteller AwardTaos Talking Picture Festival
1993Palme d'Or - Best Short FilmCannes Film FestivalCoffee and Cigarettes III (1993)
1993Audience AwardWarsaw International Film FestivalCoffee and Cigarettes III (1993)
1989Best Artistic ContributionCannes Film FestivalMystery Train (1989)
1988RobertRobert FestivalBest Foreign Film (Årets udenlandske spillefilm)Down by Law (1986)
1988BodilBodil AwardsBest Non-European Film (Bedste ikke-europæiske film)Down by Law (1986)
1987Kinema Junpo AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmStranger Than Paradise (1984)
1987AmandaAmanda Awards, NorwayBest Foreign Feature Film (Årets utenlandske spillefilm)Down by Law (1986)
1985Special Jury RecognitionSundance Film FestivalDramaticStranger Than Paradise (1984)
1984Golden CameraCannes Film FestivalStranger Than Paradise (1984)
1984Golden LeopardLocarno International Film FestivalStranger Than Paradise (1984)
1984Prize of the Ecumenical Jury - Special MentionLocarno International Film FestivalStranger Than Paradise (1984)
1980Josef von Sternberg AwardMannheim-Heidelberg International FilmfestivalPermanent Vacation (1980)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017CEC AwardCinema Writers Circle Awards, SpainBest Foreign Film (Mejor Película Extranjera)Paterson (2016)
2016Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalPaterson (2016)
2016Golden EyeCannes Film FestivalGimme Danger (2016)
2016Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest ScreenplayPaterson (2016)
2016Audience AwardGotham AwardsPaterson (2016)· Joshua Astrachan
· Carter Logan
2016Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBest FeaturePaterson (2016)· Joshua Astrachan
· Carter Logan
2016Art Cinema AwardHamburg Film FestivalBest FeatureGimme Danger (2016)
2016ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest ScreenplayPaterson (2016)
2015Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest Use of Music in a FilmOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)· Carter Logan
· Shane Stoneback
· Jozef van Wissem
2015Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2015ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest Original ScoreOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)· Carter Logan
· Shane Stoneback
· Jozef van Wissem
2015EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest DirectorOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2014Fright Meter AwardFright Meter AwardsBest DirectorOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2014ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest Original Score or SoundtrackOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)· Carter Logan
· Shane Stoneback
· Jozef van Wissem
2014Halfway AwardInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best DirectorOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2014Audience AwardSXSW Film FestivalFestival FavoritesOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2013Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2013Grand Marnier Fellowship AwardNew York Film FestivalBest FilmOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2013MariaSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalBest Motion PictureOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2013Foxtel Movies International AwardAdelaide Film FestivalBest FeatureOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)
2010Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign DirectorThe Limits of Control (2009)
2006Silver RibbonItalian National Syndicate of Film JournalistsBest Foreign Director (Regista del Miglior Film Straniero)Broken Flowers (2005)
2006OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest Original ScreenplayBroken Flowers (2005)
2006RobertRobert FestivalBest American Film (Årets amerikanske film)Broken Flowers (2005)
2006BodilBodil AwardsBest American Film (Bedste amerikanske film)Broken Flowers (2005)
2005Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalBroken Flowers (2005)
2005Screen International AwardEuropean Film AwardsBroken Flowers (2005)
2002Un Certain Regard AwardCannes Film FestivalTen Minutes Older: The Trumpet (2002)· Kaige Chen
· Víctor Erice
· Werner Herzog
· Aki Kaurismäki
· Spike Lee
· Wim Wenders
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest FeatureGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)· Richard Guay
2000CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Foreign Film (Meilleur film étranger)Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
1999Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
1997Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayDead Man (1995)
1995Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalDead Man (1995)
1990Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorMystery Train (1989)
1990Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest ScreenplayMystery Train (1989)
1989Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalMystery Train (1989)
1987Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest DirectorDown by Law (1986)
1986Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalDown by Law (1986)
1985Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticStranger Than Paradise (1984)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ScreenplayPaterson (2016)
2015INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best Original ScreenplayOnly Lovers Left Alive (2013)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1997NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest DirectorDead Man (1995)


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#Fact
1Stated that his goal was "to approximate real time for the audience.".
2Novelist Paul Auster described the characters in Jarmusch's films as "laconic, withdrawn, sorrowful mumblers".
3Is a member of rock band SQÜRL with film associate Carter Logan and sound engineer Shane Stoneback.
4Always owns the negatives of his films.
5Stopped drinking coffee in 1986, the year of the first installment of Coffee and Cigarettes, though he continues to smoke cigarettes.
6Often described as the archetypal auteur of American independent film.
7Is a founding member of The Sons of Lee Marvin, a humorous "semi-secret society" of artists resembling the iconic actor.
8Likes seeing his films once, with a paying audience that doesn't know he is there, after that he doesn't want to see them ever again.
9According to Roger Ebert, 'there is a deep embedding of comedy, nostalgia, shabby sadness and visual beauty' in his work.
10Guest with Johnny Depp of Belgrade Film Festival FEST in 1992.
11Founder member of "the Sons of Lee Marvin". Other members include Tom Waits, Thurston Moore, John Lurie, Nick Cave. Membership requires a plausible likeness to Lee Marvin such that you could be rumored to be his son.
12At college one of his professors was cult director Nicholas Ray. They formed a friendship and Jarmusch became his assistant for the making of a film.
13Has lived with his girlfriend, filmmaker Sara Driver, for 20 years. [2005]
14Although Broken Flowers (2005) came out after Lost in Translation (2003), Jarmusch wrote the script exclusively for Bill Murray before Sofia Coppola.
15Father worked at the Goodrich tire plant in Akron, Ohio. Mother reviewed films for the Akron Beacon Journal.
16He owns the negatives to all his own films, except one, Year of the Horse (1997), which he made for Neil Young.
17Doesn't allow his movies to be dubbed for foreign movie markets. They are mostly shown with subtitles in other countries.
18Once almost died from eating wild mushrooms, which resulted in an interest in the study of mushroom.
19Attended Columbia University.
20Up until 2005, has never made a film under a studio's watch.
21Good friend of Aki Kaurismäki, Finnish director of The Man Without a Past (2002). Placed the final segment of his movie Night on Earth (1991) in Finland with the three characters speaking Finnish.
22Is the older brother of Ann and Tom Jarmusch.
23Chris Parker, who starred in Jarmusch's first film Permanent Vacation (1980) was a friend of Jarmusch's and had never acted before (according to a 2/2/94 interview with Jarmusch). When Jarmusch submitted "Permanent Vacation" to Tisch as his film thesis/project, they wouldn't accept it - apparently, they didn't think it was worth their time.
24On Feb. 2, 1994, Jarmusch appeared for an interview before an audience on the first night of a retrospective of his films held by the Walker Art Museum in Minneapolis, MN.

#Quote
1You see, I start with actors that I want to make a character for. Then I collect a whole lot of details and then I sit down with them and make a connect the dots drawing out of them; see what for of picture it is becoming. I don't know what the story is or where it's going, at all. I just sort of jump in and start. In fact, I think I do it backwards. Most people have a story idea and in the end they cast it, but I start with the actors first.
2[on aging] Gee. I don't know. I don't know how to even answer that. It was funny: I was getting in the car two days ago in New York to go to the airport, and there was a lot of traffic so we couldn't go on the highway. The driver wanted to go through the back streets of Brooklyn and Queens and it was a Saturday afternoon, a very beautiful day. And I'm riding there and possibly going to be late and I didn't worry. I don't know why. And I was just watching people doing little things - a guy fixing his door, little kids chasing a ball and adults chasing children that were laughing, people that were going shopping, a couple arguing on a corner - and I just felt like, sometimes, the world is perfect just because this is what it is. Maybe I wouldn't have felt exactly that same thing some years ago.
3...the beauty of a movie is that you walk in, you don't know anything about it, you enter a world that's new to you, and that's the magic of being transported. If you make a film, that magic is not there, because you were there while shooting it. After writing a film and shooting it and being in the editing room every day, you can never see it clearly. I think other people's perception of your film is more valid than your own, because they have that ability to see it for the first time.
4[on Paterson] In the film I wanted to make this little structure to be a metaphor for life, that every day is a variation on the day before or the day coming up. They're just variations.
5[on the the funniest criticism he's ever had] My favorite? I'll translate it from the French. It was from a right-wing newspaper in the South of France about my movie Down by Law, which said, "Jim Jarmusch is celebrated by the French intelligentsia in a way that's reminiscent of deaf and dumb parents applauding their retarded child. He is 33 years old. This is the age that Christ was crucified on the cross. We can only hope for the same for the future of his film career." Woah! I used to carry that one around in my wallet.
6I am attracted to non-dramatic moments in life.
7Robby Müller, I learned so much from this man about filmmaking, about a lot of things, about life in general and about light and about recording things and about capturing things in-the-moment and about trusting instincts. Robby and I had a really wonderful way of working: No storyboard, a shot list only if really necessary for ourselves. I still don't like making a shot list each day when I'm working. Robby's idea is about instincts, trusting your instinct and your intuition and Robby would always say things like: 'Of course we can plan everything in advance and when we go to that location it's a different time of day, the light is different, the clouds are different, so why would we cling to the idea we had previously? We must always be on our feet. Think on your feet.' And we did a lot of interesting things while scouting for this film together which was: We find the most dramatic, incredibly beautiful landscape you could imagine and then we would turn our backs on it and film the other way. [audience laughs] That was something that Robby said: 'Look how magnificent this is, we've seen it in a fucking calender! Let's look over there, it's a small tree and a rock, very sad and emotional, you know?' [audience laughs] So we would film that instead. And this is just one example of the kind of way that Robby thinks. And I learned so much from him, thinking that way. Don't look for the obvious, always keep your eyes open , keep thinking on your feet. Shooting a film is a process and you can't control everything in the process, so be open. Another thing Robby taught me was: O.K., you're shooting a scene outside and suddenly it starts raining. And most crews would say: 'Well, the scene doesn't take place in the rain, so let's pack up and we'll have to stop for today'. And Robby would be: 'I wonder what it would be like, if the scene's in the rain. Maybe it's much better'. Or if we already shot some of it: 'O.K. think of some dialogue where they say it's about the rain, you know?' Like, keep thinking, keep thinking, don't be set in your script. It's something that came from Nicholas Ray, who said: 'If you just gonna shoot the script then why bother?' And that's something Robby also instilled in me. Robby Müller is a kind of brilliant man who's a very rebellious teenager in part of his spirit and yet an incredibly technically gifted person.[Lincoln Center, April 2014]
8I've always been drawn to outsider types of characters, so what more perfect shadowy inhabitants of the margins there than vampires?
9[on his approach to cinema] When you make these films they do walk on their own after a certain point. Often, when I'm writing dialogue in a script, whatever's on paper for me is a sketch until you film it. It's not like I'm making them say words. I feel like I'm just transcribing what they're saying.
10[on working with Tilda Swinton] She's just one of the most fantastic people I know. She is full of creativity, she's open, she's incredibly knowledgeable about so many things. She's like the bohemian goddess of our lifetime.
11I have no desire to make films for any kind of specific audience. What I want to do is make films that... tell stories, but somehow in an new way, not in a predictable form, not in the usual manipulative way that films seem to on their audiences.
12Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. And don't bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: "It's not where you take things from - it's where you take them to."
13The beauty of life is in small details, not in big events.
14It's great that the audience have their own different takes on what they have just seen, and don't know all the answers. Often, I don't know all the answers either.
15I am interested in the non-dramatic moments in life. I'm not at all attracted to making films that are about drama. A few years back, I saw a biopic about a famous American abstract expressionist artist. And you know what? It really horrified me. All they did was reduce his life to the big dramatic moments you could pick out of any biography. If that's supposed to be a portrait of somebody, I just don't get it. It's so reductive. It just seems all wrong to me.
16Aw, man, is that the only adjective they know? It's like every time I make a goddamn movie, the word "quirky" is hauled out in the American reviews. Now I see it's being applied to Wes Anderson, too. All of a sudden, his films are quirky. And Sofia Coppola is quirky. It's just so goddamn lazy.
17I never talk to actors as a group. Only one at a time. I talk to them about being their characters. Never, ever, about the meaning of the scene. I don't want the actors overladen with research, so they grow stale.
18I'm stubborn. I have to fight. The studios want to be your partner in the creative process. That's why I find most of my financing overseas. I don't let the Money give me notes on my scripts. I don't allow the Money on the set. I don't allow the Money in the editing room. These days, even the little independent studios, they act like Hollywood. Some kid is making a movie for $500,000, and they want the final cut. Seems like the squares are taking over everything.
19I'm happiest when I'm shooting the movie. Filming is like sex. Writing the script is like seduction, then shooting is like sex because you're doing the movie with other people. Editing is like being pregnant, and then you give birth and they take your baby away. After this process is done, I will watch the movie one more time with a paying audience that doesn't know I'm there, and then I will never see it again. I'm so sick of it.
20I prefer to be subcultural rather than mass-cultural. I'm not interested in hitting the vein of the mainstream.
21I feel so lucky. During the late 70's in New York, anything seemed possible. You could make a movie or a record and work part time, and you could find an apartment for 160 bucks a month. And the conversations were about ideas. No one was talking about money. It was pretty amazing. But looking back is dangerous. I don't like nostalgia. But, still, damn, it was fun. I'm glad I was there.
22I consider myself a dilettante in a positive way, and I always have. That affects my sense of filmmaking.
23I know. It's all so . . . independent. I'm so sick of that word. I reach for my revolver when I hear the word 'quirky.' Or 'edgy.' Those words are now becoming labels that are slapped on products to sell them. Anyone who makes a film that is the film they want to make, and it is not defined by marketing analysis or a commercial enterprise, is independent. My movies are kind of made by hand. They're not polished -- they're sort of built in the garage. It's more like being an artisan in some way.

#Trademark
1Japanese tourist
2Country music on soundtrack
3Sense of place/historical figures from movie's location
4Offscreen distant train whistle
5Introvert character eavesdrops on two strangers' conversations
6The narrative structure of his films mostly lack clear plot progression and focus more on mood and character development
7Salt & pepper hair
8Often casts musicians as actors in his films
9Stationary camera (deadpan). His films often involve travlers as well as life after midnight. Shows and views the American landscape from a non-commercial viewpoint (e.g. the tavern were everybody knows your name instead of franchised stripmalls)

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