In downtown Manhattan, a twenty-something boy (‘Chris Parker’ ) whose Father is not around and whose Mother is institutionalized, is a big Charlie Parker fan. He almost subconsciously searches for more meaning in his life and meets a few characters along the way. —IMDb
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
Hypnotic, strange, sad and kind of lovely. Made up more of moments and scenes than something completely coherent. The score was perfect and haunting making the film almost feel ghost like with the central character drifting from scene to scene. Not one of Jarmusch's strongest, but I didn't expect that for a first feature. Overall, some pacing issues but this was an absolutely fascinating watch.
The most endearing entry in Jarmusch's filmography, Permanent Vacation's sweet, soulful awkwardness compares favorably to the hipper-than-thou posturing so prevalent in the director's next few films, ambling along with jazz-addled depressive Allie Parker as he drifts through a "post-war" NYC, unable to connect to anything and vexed in his attempts to elevate his disconnect to the level of a heroic personal mythology.