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Jim Jarmusch

The first major English-language study of Jarmusch

At a time when gimmicky, action-driven blockbusters ruled Hollywood, Jim Jarmusch spearheaded a boom in independent cinema by making low-budget films focused on intimacy, character, and new takes on classical narratives. His minimal form, peculiar pacing, wry humor, and blank affect have since been adopted by directors including Sofia Coppola, Hal Hartley, Richard Linklater, and Tsai Ming-liang. Juan A. Suárez identifies and describes an abundance of aesthetic influences on Jarmusch such as punk, Structural film, classic street photography, hip-hop, beat literature and art, and the New York pop vanguard of the late 1970s while analyzing the director's work from three mutually implicated perspectives: in relation to independent filmmaking from the 1980s to the present; as a form of cultural production that appropriates existing icons, genres, and motifs; and as an instance of postmodern politics.

This first major English-language study of Jim Jarmusch concludes with an interview conducted by Tod Lippy and a filmography.


"Suarez thoroughly analyzes in chronological order the Jarmusch oeuvre."--Library Journal

"This insightful and lively book is wonderfully freighted with information and ideas. The Jarmusch fan will find that the films are covered in appropriate depth and detail, while those interested in the place of current film within broader cultural developments will find much valuable and informative reading."--R. Barton Palmer, author of Joel and Ethan Coen and Hollywood's Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir


Juan A. Suárez is an associate professor of American studies and English at the University of Murcia, Spain. He is the author of Pop Modernism: Noise and the Reinvention of the Everyday and other books.

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