Stranger Than Paradise

Stranger Than Paradise

by Jamie Sexton

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A low-budget breakout film that wowed critics and audiences on its initial release, Stranger Than Paradise would prove to be a seminal film in the new American independent cinema movement and establish its director, Jim Jarmusch, as a hip, cult auteur. Taking inspiration from 1960s underground filmmaking, international art cinema, genre cinema, and punk culture, Jarmusch’s film provides a bridge between midnight movie features and a new mode of quirky, offbeat independent filmmaking. This book probes the film's production history, initial reception, aesthetics, and legacy in order to understand its place within the cult film canon. In examining the film's cult pedigree, it explores a number of threads that fed into the film—including New York downtown culture of the early 1980s and Jarmusch’s involvement in music—as well as reflecting on how the film's status has developed alongside Jarmusch’s subsequent output and reputation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780231851022
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Series: Cultographies
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Jamie Sexton is senior lecturer in film and television studies at Northumbria University. He is the coauthor of Cult Cinema (2011).

Table of Contents

Introduction: Stranger Than Paradise, Video, Television, and I
1. Production and Initial Reception
2. Film Analysis
3. Subsequent Reception
4. Status as a Cult Film

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