Jim Jarmusch has always been a great fan of Neil Young"s music. Neil Young composed the original music for his “Dead Man”. In this film, Jarmusch follows Neil Young and Crazy Horse in their 1996 tour in the Unites States and in Europe. Using the light and discrete means of Super 8 (in black and white) and Hi-8 video cameras, Jarmusch documents the concerts, the rehearsals and the travels. Interviews of the band about their history and archive material from 1976 and 1986 complete this affectionate and visually striking portrait of the famous musician. The poster of the film simply read: “A tale of four guys who like to rock”.
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