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8.1
/10
9,962 Ratings

Dead Man

Directed by Jim Jarmusch
United States, Germany, 1995
Western, Fantasy, Adventure

Synopsis

19th century America. Accountant William Blake has just arrived in the godforsaken outpost of Machine before he’s caught in the middle of a fatal lovers’ quarrel. Wounded and on the lam, Blake falls under the watch of the outcast Nobody, who guides his companion on a spiritual journey.

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Dead Man Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Were the opening of Dead Man a self-contained short film, those few minutes would still stand as one of the great revisionist Westerns. At its best, Jim Jarmusch’s minimal, no-wave filmmaking is poetic in the style of e e cummings: no punctuation, full of sequence gaps, and making the avant-garde oddly palatable by stripping it to the bone.
May 16, 2016
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The film itself is cinematic poetry, reflecting seemingly incomprehensible ideas of the natural world. It reads as a poem and even moves like one, with the quiescent interludes providing breaks between stanzas of rhythmic action.
August 02, 2013
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Jarmusch’s ability to transform knowingly and intentionally goofy material into real intelligence puts him closer in sensibility to Hollywood’s great western directors than any of the other revivalists, who don’t seem to have much awareness that anyone made westerns before Sam Peckinpah. Aided by Robby Müller’s black-and-white photography (his best work after Wender’s Road Trilogy), Jarmusch gets a tense linearity to his images, a sort of languid reimagining of Anthony Mann or Budd Boetticher.
August 12, 2011
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