Jim Jarmusch Biography, Age, Career, Movies, The Dead Don’t Die, News

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Jim Jarmusch Biography

Jim Jarmusch born James Robert Jarmusch is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, producer, editor, and composer. He has been a major proponent of independent cinema since the 1980s.

Jim Jarmusch

He has directed films as Stranger Than Paradise (1984), Down by Law (1986), Mystery Train (1989), Dead Man (1995), Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999), Coffee and Cigarettes (2003), Broken Flowers (2005), Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), and Paterson (2016). Stranger Than Paradise was added to the National Film Registry in December 2002. As a musician, Jarmusch has composed music for his films and released two albums with Jozef van Wissem.

Jim Jarmusch Age

Jim was born on 22 January 1953, Akron, Ohio, United States. He is 66 years as of 2018.

Jim Jarmusch Height

He stands at a height of 1.88 m

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Jim Jarmusch Wife

Jarmusch rarely discusses his personal life in public. He is married to Sara_Driver. He divides his time between New York City and the Catskill Mountains.

Jim Jarmusch Young

armusch was born January 22, 1953, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the middle of three children of middle-class suburbanites. His mother, of German and Irish descent, had been a reviewer of film and theatre for the Akron Beacon Journal before marrying his father, a businessman of Czech and German descent who worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company. She introduced Jarmusch to the world of cinema by leaving him at a local cinema to watch matinee double features such as Attack of the Crab Monsters and Creature From the Black Lagoon while she ran errands. The first adult film he recalls seeing was the 1958 cult classic Thunder Road, the violence and darkness of which left an impression on the seven-year-old Jarmusch. Another B-movie influence from his childhood was Ghoulardi, an eccentric Cleveland television show which featured horror films.
Despite his enthusiasm for film, Jarmusch was an avid reader in his youth and had a greater interest in literature, which was encouraged by his grandmother. Though he refused to attend church with his Episcopalian parents (not being enthused by “the idea of sitting in a stuffy room wearing a little tie”), Jarmusch credits literature with shaping his metaphysical beliefs and leading him to reconsider theology in his mid-teens.
From his peers he developed a taste for counterculture, and he and his friends would steal the records and books of their older siblings – this included works by William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and The Mothers of Invention. They made fake identity documents which allowed them to visit bars at the weekend but also the local art house cinema, which typically showed pornographic films but would occasionally feature underground films such as Robert Downey, Sr.’s Putney Swope and Andy Warhol’s Chelsea Girls. At one point, he took an apprenticeship with a commercial photographer. He later remarked, “Growing up in Ohio was just planning to get out.”

After graduating from high school in 1971,Jarmusch moved to Chicago and enrolled in the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. After being asked to leave due to neglecting to take any journalism courses – Jarmusch favored literature and art history – he transferred to Columbia University the following year, with the intention of becoming a poet. At Columbia, he studied English and American literature under professors including New York School avant garde poets Kenneth Koch and David Shapiro. At Columbia, he began to write short “semi-narrative abstract pieces” and edited the undergraduate literary journal The Columbia Review.

During his final year at Columbia, Jarmusch moved to Paris for what was initially a summer semester on an exchange program, but this turned into ten months. There, he worked as a delivery driver for an art gallery, and spent most of his time at the Cinémathèque Française.

That’s where I saw things I had only read about and heard about – films by many of the good Japanese directors, like Imamura, Ozu, Mizoguchi. Also, films by European directors like Bresson and Dreyer, and even American films, like the retrospective of Samuel Fuller’s films, which I only knew from seeing a few of them on television late at night. When I came back from Paris, I was still writing, and my writing was becoming more cinematic in certain ways, more visually descriptive.

— Jarmusch on the Cinémathèque Française, taken from an interview with Lawrence Van Gelder of The New York Times, October 21, 1984.
Jarmusch graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1975. Broke and working as a musician in New York City after returning from Paris in 1976, he applied on a whim to the graduate film school of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts (then under the direction of Hollywood director László Benedek). Despite his lack of experience in filmmaking, his submission of a collection of photographs and an essay about film secured his acceptance into the program. He studied there for four years, meeting fellow students and future collaborators Sara Driver, Tom DiCillo, Howard Brookner, and Spike Lee in the process. During the late 1970s in New York City, Jarmusch and his contemporaries were part of an alternative culture scene centered on the CBGB music club.

In his final year at New York University, Jarmusch worked as an assistant to the film noir director Nicholas Ray, who was at that time teaching in the department. In an anecdote, Jarmusch recounted of the formative experience of showing his mentor his first script; Ray disapproved of its lack of action, to which Jarmusch responded after meditating on the critique by reworking the script to be even less eventful. On Jarmusch’s return with the revised script, Ray reacted favourably to his student’s dissent, citing approvingly the young student’s obstinate independence. Jarmusch was the only person Ray brought to work – as his personal assistant – on Lightning Over Water, a documentary about his dying years on which he was collaborating with Wim Wenders. Ray died in 1979 after a long fight with cancer. A few days afterwards, having been encouraged by Ray and New York underground filmmaker Amos Poe and using scholarship funds given by the Louis B. Mayer Foundation to pay for his school tuition, Jarmusch started work on a film for his final project. The university, unimpressed with Jarmusch’s use of his funding as well as the project itself, promptly refused to award him a degree.

In the early 1980s, Jarmusch was part of a revolving lineup of musicians in Robin Crutchfield’s Dark Day project, and later became the keyboardist and one of two vocalists for The Del-Byzanteens, a No Wave band who released the LP Lies to Live By in 1982.

Jarmusch is also featured on the album Wu-Tang Meets the Indie Culture (2005) in two interludes described by Sean Fennessy in a Pitchfork review of the album as both “bizarrely pretentious” and “reason alone to give it a listen”. Jarmusch and Michel Gondry each contributed a remix to a limited edition release of the track “Blue Orchid” by The White Stripes in 2005.

The author of a series of essays on influential bands, Jarmusch has also had at least two poems published. He is a founding member of The Sons of Lee Marvin, a humorous “semi-secret society” of artists resembling the iconic actor, which issues communiqués and meets on occasion for the ostensible purpose of watching Marvin’s films.

He released three collaborative albums with lutist Jozef van Wissem, Concerning the Entrance into Eternity (Important Records) , The Mystery of Heaven (Sacred Bones Records), in 2012 and the 2019 release An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil (Sacred Bones Records).

Jarmusch is a member of rock band SQÜRL with film associate Carter Logan and sound engineer Shane Stoneback. SQÜRL’s version of Wanda Jackson’s 1961 song “Funnel of Love”, featuring Madeline Follin of Cults on vocals, opens Jarmusch’s 2014 film Only Lovers Left Alive.

Dutch lute composer Jozef van Wissem also collaborated with Jarmusch on the soundtrack for Only Lovers Left Alive and the pair also play in a duo. Jarmusch first met van Wissem on a street in New York City’s SoHo area in 2007, at which time the lute player handed the director a CD—several months later, Jarmusch asked van Wissem to send his catalog of recordings and the two started playing together as part of their developing friendship. Van Wissem explained in early April 2014: “I know the way [Jarmusch] makes his films is kind of like a musician. He has music in his head when he’s writing a script so it’s more informed by a tonal thing than it is by anything else.”

Jim Jarmusch Dead Man

Dead Man is a 1995 American Western film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch Quotes

  • “Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.”
  • “If anyone tells you there is only one way, their way, get as far away from them as possible, both physically and philosophically.”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
  • “Music, to me, is the most beautiful form, and I love film because film is very related to music. It moves by you in its own rhythm. It’s not like reading a book or looking at a painting. It gives you its own time frame, like music, so they are very connected for me. But music to me is the biggest inspiration. When I get depressed, or anything, I go “think of all the music I haven’t even heard yet!” So, it’s the one thing. Imagine the world without music. Man, just hand me a gun, will you?”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
    ― Jim Jarmusch, Jim Jarmusch: Interviews
  • “Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new film, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul.”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
  • “Ghost Dog: In the words of the ancients, one should make his decision within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break through to the other side. ”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
  • “When you separate an entwined particle and you move both parts away from the other, even at opposite ends of the universe, if you alter or affect one, the other will be identically altered or affected. Spooky. (Adam in Only Lovers Left Alive)”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
  • “Stupid f***ing white man.”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
  • “It’s a sad and beautiful world.”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
  • “I always start with characters rather than with a plot, which many critics would say is very obvious from the lack of plot in my films—although I think they do have plots—but the plot is not of primary importance to me, the characters are.”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
  • “Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent.”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
  • “nothing is original. steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination”
    ― Jim Jarmusch
  • “…Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.”
    ― Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch Paterson

Paterson is a 2016 drama film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. The film stars Adam Driver as a bus driver and poet named Paterson.

Jim Jarmusch Coffee And Cigarettes

He stopped drinking coffee in 1986, the year of the first installment of Coffee and Cigarettes, although he continues to smoke cigarettes.

Jim Jarmusch Night On Earth

Night on Earth is a 1991 film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It is a collection of five vignettes, taking place during the same night, concerning the temporary bond formed between taxi driver and passenger in five cities: Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki. Jarmusch wrote the screenplay in about eight days, and the choice of certain cities was largely based on the actors with whom he wanted to work. The soundtrack of the same name is by Tom Waits.

Jim Jarmusch Mystery Train

Mystery Train is a 1989 independent anthology film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch and set in Memphis, Tennessee.

Jim Jarmusch The Dead Don’t Die

The Dead Don’t Die is an upcoming American comedy zombie film, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Austin Butler, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, and Caleb Landry Jones.

It is scheduled to be released on June 14, 2019, by Focus Features.


  • Adam Driver as Officer Ronald Peterson
  • Bill Murray as Chief Cliff Robertson
  • Chloë Sevigny
  • Selena Gomez as Zoe
  • Austin Butler as Jack
  • Steve Buscemi as Farmer Miller
  • Tilda Swinton
  • Rosie Perez
  • Caleb Landry Jones as Bobby Wiggins
  • Danny Glover as Hank Thompson
  • Luka Sabbat as Zach
  • Tom Waits as Hermit Bob
  • Carol Kane
  • Iggy Pop
  • Sara Driver
  • RZA

Jim Jarmusch Ghost Dog

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai is a 1999 American-German-French-Japanese crime action film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch Permanent Vacation

Permanent Vacation is a 1980 film directed, written and produced by Jim Jarmusch. It was the director’s first release and was shot on 16 mm film shortly after he dropped out of film school. This film is often credited as the birth of the director’s original style and character schemes. The film won the Josef von Sternberg Award at the 1980 Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival.

Jim Jarmusch Movies Ranked

  • Permanent Vacation (1980)
  • Stranger Than Paradise (1984)
  • Down by Law (1986)
  • Mystery Train (1989)
  • Night on Earth (1991)
  • Dead Man (1995)
  • Year of the Horse (1997)
  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
  • Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
  • Broken Flowers (2005)
  • The Limits of Control (2009)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
  • Paterson (2016)
  • Gimme Danger (2016)
  • The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

Jim Jarmusch Iggy Pop

Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming zombie movie, The Dead Don’t Die, has revealed an all-star cast. The movie, released on June 14, stars Iggy Pop.

Jim Jarmusch Movies

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Jim Jarmusch Awards

In 1980 he won with his film Permanent Vacation the Josef von Sternberg Award at the International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg. In1999, he was laureate of the Douglas Sirk Preis at Filmfest Hamburg, Germany. In 1984 he won the Caméra d’Or at Cannes Film Festival for Stranger Than Paradise. In 2004 Jarmusch was honored with the Filmmaker on the Edge Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival. In 2005 he won the Grand Prix of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival for his film Broken Flowers.

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Jim Jarmusch News

Jim Jarmusch touts The Dead Don’t Die as having “the greatest zombie cast ever disassembled”

Updated: 28.03.2019

The Dead Don’t Die, Jim Jarmusch’s upcoming zombie film, has seen news of its cast trickle out over the past year, but now, in a gory gush, the oddball filmmaker has unleashed the breadth of his stacked ensemble. Sure, we knew that Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Caleb Landry Jones, Selena Gomez, Tilda Swinton, Steve Buscemi, and Chloë Sevigny were in it, but we were naive to not also realize they’d be surrounded by Jarmusch’s favorite singers-turned-actors.

Tom Waits and Iggy Pop, who’ve appeared in a number of Jarmusch projects, will also ache for brains in the film, as will Wu-Tang’s RZA. Danny Glover, Rosie Perez, Sara Driver, and Carol Kane round out the cast.

“His vampire picture was more dramatic and romantic. The Dead Don’t Die is more in the vain of a comedy,” Sevigny said in a recent interview. “It’s Adam Driver and Bill Murray and myself, and a whole cast of characters. He refuses to say that it’s social commentary, but zombie pictures often are, and it’s pretty easy to ascertain what he would be speaking on. There’s an environmental catastrophe that sets this thing off.” Murray, meanwhile, previously called the film “hilarious.”

Focus has it slated for a June 14 release, though, considering Jarmusch’s track record at the Cannes Film Festival, don’t be surprised if it premieres there.

Source: Updated: news.avclub.com


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