A collection of international tourists from Japan, Italy, and the U.K. find themselves in a seedy hotel in the American city of Memphis, in three loosely-related tales surrounding the town’s musical legacy.
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Mystery Train is Jarmusch's first mature color film, and it's a staggering achievement in that regard. It is one of the finest looking color films of its time. Of any time. The thrice segmented spine that serves the parallel stories is the kind of one-thing-done-multiple-times gimmick that Jarmusch had not yet worn out. The level of fun-and-invention-per-square-inch is dizzying. Chock-a-block w/ sublime actor-stuffs.
Mystery Train weaves together three strange stories in a barren and funky Memphis, Tennessee. I love the oddball comedy and beautiful scenes with neon lights. The third part begins to drag, but the atmosphere is irresistible nonetheless.
An indelible piece of cinema. I love the Japanese couple and their sheer awe at everything that is America. Jarmusch is one of those directors who can strip a film down to its essentials but at the same time pack it full of cool details. Gotta' love his beautiful tracking shots, too. God, the cinematography! BEAUTIFUL! And a great soundtrack of course. One of my new favorites.
Whooo, the 500th film I've rated here. Also my first Jarmusch. Visually, it's stunning (no surprise, considering it has the same cinematographer as Paris, Texas), but in terms of substance I didn't really gain a whole lot of insight. Has some good moments though, I especially enjoyed the hotel clerk and the bellboy.
The stories connected in a clever way that gets our attention early on. The best segment was with the Japanese couple and it was only with the second segment that the leisurely pace was a mild annoyance.