With his trademark shock of white hair and ultra-cool rock star persona, Jim Jarmusch is the archetypal auteur of American independent film. Born on January 22, 1953, in Akron, OH, Jarmusch was the son of a former film critic for the Akron Beacon Journal. In University, he went to Paris as an exchange student and spend most of his time at the Parisian Cinemas. Upon his return to New York, Jarmusch transferred to Columbia University, where, though he eventually received a degree in English literature. With no film experience, he was accepted into New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and soon found himself a teaching assistant to legendary maverick filmmaker Nicholas Ray. Ray helped him get funding for his thesis project, Permanent Vacation (1980). Though the film was later released to critical acclaim, his professors were underwhelmed by his final project and Jarmusch never got a degree from N.Y.U.
Jarmusch’s break came with his next film; the 30-minute short eventually… read more
I like him and all, particularly Dead Man, Down By Law and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai - but something that strikes me is that he makes films more like Woody Allen does, than someone like Quentin Tarantino. By which I mean, the tone of his films are like that of a filmmaker who knows he'll have a new project up within a couple of months, he is relaxed and doesn't feel the need to encompass everything, because there's always next time. Rather than someone like Tarantino or Malick, who knowing he isn't that regular feels compelled to try and make some kind of masterwork, Jarmusch always feels incomplete, almost too relaxed. But hell, he's made some really cool films so who am I to judge? :')