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Midnights: NIGHT ON EARTH
Saturday, May 27 @ 11:55 pm
“Jarmusch again demonstrates his mastery of comedy of the oblique.” – The New York Times
“Though it may take a while to get Jarmusch’s gist, hang in there; by the time Tom Waits growls his lovely closing waltz over the credits, Jarmusch has shown us moments most filmmakers don’t even notice.” – Time OutIn this strangely compelling film, five entirely different cab rides in five locations around the world are shown unfolding simultaneously. Each ride is fraught with high drama; in one, an effusive Roman driver Roberto Benigni insists on confessing all his sexual encounters, including one with a sheep, to an extremely unwilling priest who inconveniently dies in his cab before his lengthy confession can be completed. Another story follows an encounter which puts the spunky rebel Winona Ryder in contact with the world-weary, matronly casting agent Gena Rowlands, who offers her young driver a chance to join the rich folks and become a movie star. Yet another story takes place between three drunken “celebrants” of a buddy’s getting fired in snowy Helsinki, another takes place among African immigrants in Paris, and yet another takes place in New York. Each story strongly evokes a mood of time and place.
Dir. Jim Jarmusch. 1991. 129 min.
Midnight Special! $5 beer + shot combos available during the screening.