Directed by Jim Jarmusch

Directed by Jim Jarmusch

8 Episodes

Dryly deadpan, stylishly minimalist, and effortlessly cool, the films of American indie pioneer Jim Jarmusch are so idiosyncratic that they practically constitute a genre unto themselves. Forging his singular sensibility amid the creative ferment of New York’s downtown scene, Jarmusch emerged as one of the most original voices of the 1980s independent-film boom with his breakout road movie STRANGER THAN PARADISE, which established his fascination with outsiders on enigmatic journeys to nowhere in particular. Drawing on cultural heroes from Howlin’ Wolf and Elvis Presley to William Blake and Jean-Pierre Melville, Jarmusch has transformed a variety of genres—revisionist western (DEAD MAN), modern samurai movie (GHOST DOG: THE WAY OF THE SAMURAI), vampire love story (ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE)—into fresh and surprising vehicles for his inimitable brand of haiku-like existential poetry.

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Directed by Jim Jarmusch
  • Permanent Vacation

    Episode 1

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1980 • United States
    Starring Chris Parker, Sara Driver, John Lurie

    Jim Jarmusch’s first feature displays the first hints of the deadpan, minimalist-cool style that he would refine in his breakthrough STRANGER THAN PARADISE. Young, alienated hipster Aloysius Christophe...

  • Stranger Than Paradise

    Episode 2

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1984 • United States, Germany
    Starring John Lurie, Richard Edson, Eszter Balint

    With this breakout film, Jim Jarmusch established himself as one of the most exciting voices in the burgeoning independent-film scene, a road-movie poet with an affinity for Americana at it...

  • Down by Law

    Episode 3

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1986 • United States
    Starring Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni

    Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film STRANGER THAN PARADISE with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together t...

  • Mystery Train

    Episode 4

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1989 • United States
    Starring Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Nicoletta Braschi

    Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in MYSTERY TRAIN, from Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made...

  • Night on Earth

    Episode 5

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1991 • France, United Kingdom, Germany, United States, Japan
    Starring Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Rosie Perez

    Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlan...

  • Dead Man

    Episode 6

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1995 • United States

    With DEAD MAN, his first period piece, Jim Jarmusch imagined the nineteenth-century American West as an existential wasteland, delivering a surreal reckoning with the ravages of industrialization, the country's legacy of violence and prejudice, a...

  • Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

    Episode 7

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1999 • United States
    Starring Forest Whitaker, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman

    Jim Jarmusch combined his love for the ice-cool crime dramas of Jean-Pierre Melville and Seijun Suzuki with the philosophical dimensions of samurai mythology for an eccentrically postmodern take o...

  • Coffee and Cigarettes

    Episode 8

    Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 2003 • United States
    Starring Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Joie Lee

    Eleven short films—some shot as early as the late 1980s—all revolving around the everyday activities of drinking coffee and smoking cigarettes, make up this sublimely absurdist omnibus outing from d...