Coffee and Cigarettes

Coffee and Cigarettes

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Director: Jim Jarmusch

Cast: Jim Jarmusch, Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Joie Lee

     
 

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Jim Jarmusch's collection of conversations Coffee and Cigarettes was two decades in the making. The feature-length film debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1., and English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible.

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Jim Jarmusch's collection of conversations Coffee and Cigarettes was two decades in the making. The feature-length film debuts on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1., and English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a short film called "Tabletops" that consists of shots from the film that reveal the tables over which the title items are consumed, an outtake featuring Bill Murray, and the original theatrical trailer. This is a fine presentation of a film sure to please fans of the director.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Coffee and Cigarettes is a fond celebration of casual conversation and minor vices, and despite the fact that it takes place all over the country, it has a distinctly New York vibe. While the collection of vignettes offers a few great pleasures, in the context of Jim Jarmusch's oeuvre, it is slight. Things get off to a bumpy start with Stephen Wright trying to work some standup into a forced encounter with a surprisingly low-key Roberto Benigni. Then Steve Buscemi does a bad Southern accent, and the charismatic Tom Waits pretends to be a doctor to impress Iggy Pop. The black-and-white images are appealing, but there's a general sense of pointless goofing in these early sequences. The film doesn't begin to hit its stride until about 30 minutes in, when actors Isaach de Bankolé and Alex Descas meet for a prolonged misunderstanding. The film's strongest segment, funny and surprisingly trenchant, features the redoubtable Cate Blanchett in a dual role as a Hollywood actress and her ne'er-do-well cousin. Another wonderfully acted segment covers similar territory, as a daft Alfred Molina forces the hilariously blasé Steve Coogan to navigate the hierarchy of showbiz success. Coogan's mere pronunciation of the words "Boogie Nights" is worth the price of admission. Jarmusch's project started as an emptily hip short film commissioned by Saturday Night Live, but by the time it ends, with a burst of nostalgic melancholy featuring Taylor Mead and Bill Rice, it has successfully transcended its origins. As it breezes through the touchstones of the filmmaker's career, Coffee and Cigarettes is a must-see for the filmmaker's fans. Others should find it a pleasant and amusing way to pass a little time in good company.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/2004
UPC:
0027616911711
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Theatrical trailer; "Tabletops"; Bill Murray outtake; Taylor Mead interview

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roberto Benigni Actor
Steven Wright Actor
Joie Lee Actor
Cinqué Lee Actor
Steve Buscemi Actor
Iggy Pop Actor
Tom Waits Actor
Joe Rigano Actor
Vinny Vella Actor
Renee French Actor
E. J. Rodriguez Actor
Alex Descas Actor
Isaach de Bankolé Actor
Cate Blanchett Actor
Meg White Actor
Jack White Actor
Alfred Molina Actor
Steve Coogan Actor
GZA Actor
RZA Actor
Bill Murray Actor
Bill Rice Actor
Taylor Mead Actor

Technical Credits
Jim Jarmusch Director,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Dan Bishop Production Designer
Tom DiCillo Cinematographer
Frederick Elmes Cinematographer
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Tom Jarmusch Production Designer
Terry Katz Editor
Jason Kliot Producer
Ellen Kuras Cinematographer
Melody London Editor
Gretchen McGowan Co-producer
Robby Müller Cinematographer
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Stacey Smith Co-producer
Joana Vicente Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles/Strange to Meet You (Roberto Benigni & Steven Wright) [6:48]
2. Twins (Joie Lee, Cinqué Lee & Steve Buscemi) [6:19]
3. Somewhere in California (Iggy Pop & Tom Waits) [11:09]
4. Those Things'll Kill Ya (Joe Rigano, Vinny Vella & Vinny Vella Jr.) [4:30]
5. Renée (Renée French & E.J. Rodriguez) [4:54]
6. No Problem (Alex Descas & Isaach De Bankolé) [8:21]
7. Cousins (Cate Blanchett) [11:28]
8. Jack Shows Meg His Tesla Coil (Meg White & Jack White) [7:30]
9. Cousins? (Alfred Molina & Steve Coogan) [17:20]
10. Delirium (Gza, Rza & Bill Murray) [8:00]
11. Champagne (Bill Rice & Taylor Mead) [6:14]
12. End Credits [3:49]

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Coffee and Cigarettes 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unique and funny, not for the easily distracted movie goer. However, for a film to be entertaining with just dialogue is rare. It reminds of me of something shown at the art house cinemas of Soho(NYC) and Santa Monica.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago