Thursday, 7 November 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 328: Sat Nov 23

Dead Man (Jarmusch, 1995): ICA Cinema, 7pm


This film screens as part of the Iggyfest at the ICA. Here is their introduction:

Dubbed a 'Psychedelic Western' by writer and director Jim Jarmusch, Dead Man stars Johnny Depp, Billy Bob Thornton, and Iggy playing the part of Salvatore ‘Sally’ Jenko, a cross-dressing, Bible-reading fur trader. Shot entirely in black and white, the film includes twisted elements of the Western genre, and a soundtrack composed by Neil Young.

The screening on 35mm includes an introduction by Paul Trynka, author of the acclaimed biography Iggy Pop: Open Up and Bleed.

Here are details of the Iggyfest season. 

Chicago Reader review:
A quantum leap by American independent Jim Jarmusch—a hypnotic and beautiful black-and-white western (1995). Johnny Depp plays an accountant from Cleveland named William Blake who travels west with the promise of a job to the infernal town of Machine, only to be told that the job's been taken. After killing a man (Gabriel Byrne) in self-defense and sustaining a mortal bullet wound, Blake is guided toward death by a Native American outcast named Nobody (Gary Farmer) while a trio of bounty hunters and various others try to track him down. This masterpiece is simultaneously a mystical, highly poetic account of dying; a well-researched appreciation of Native American cultures; a frightening portrait of modern American violence and capitalist greed that refuses to traffic in the stylistic alibis of Hollywood; a warm, hilarious depiction of cross-cultural friendship; and a hallucinatory trip across the American wilderness. With Billy Bob Thornton, Mili Avital, John Hurt, and Robert Mitchum (in his last screen performance).

Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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