Dead Man

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Restoration screening on Wed Apr 18 at 7:00pm!

This screening will be introduced by Lee Kline, Technical Director at Criterion, whose team worked from a 16-bit 4K film scan of the original 35mm negative A/B rolls to restore the film. The original 2.0 surround soundtrack, a live-wire score by Neil Young, was remastered from the 35mm magnetic tracks.

DEAD MAN, Jarmusch’s first period piece, is a surreal reimagining of the Wild West. Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) has hardly 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 (Gary Farmer), who guides his companion on a spiritual journey, teaching him to dispense poetic justice along the way. Featuring austerely beautiful black-and-white photography by Robby Müller (Breaking the WavesParis, Texas), DEAD MAN is a profound and unique revision of the western genre. With Gabriel Byrne, Crispin Glover, Jared Harris, John Hurt, Robert Mitchum, Alfred Molina, Iggy Pop, & Billy Bob Thornton.

“A quantum leap by American independent Jim Jarmusch—a hypnotic and beautiful black-and-white western (1995). Johnny Depp plays an accountant from Cleveland named William Blake who travels west with the promise of a job to the infernal town of Machine, only to be told that the job’s been taken. After killing a man (Gabriel Byrne) in self-defense and sustaining a mortal bullet wound, Blake is guided toward death by a Native American outcast named Nobody (Gary Farmer) while a trio of bounty hunters and various others try to track him down. This masterpiece is simultaneously a mystical, highly poetic account of dying; a well-researched appreciation of Native American cultures; a frightening portrait of modern American violence and capitalist greed that refuses to traffic in the stylistic alibis of Hollywood; a warm, hilarious depiction of cross-cultural friendship; and a hallucinatory trip across the American wilderness. With Billy Bob Thornton, Mili Avital, John Hurt, and Robert Mitchum (in his last screen performance).” – Jonathan Rosenbaum

  • Country USA
  • Rating R
  • Year 1995
  • Running Time 121 minutes
  • Director Jim Jarmusch
  • Writer Jim Jarmusch
  • Editor Jay Rabinowitz
  • Cinematographer Robby Müller
  • Cast Johnny Depp, Crispin Glover, Gary Farmer

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