dead man

Dead Man, Jim Jarmusch's picaresque film from 1995, is fraught with an oddly brooding atmosphere, dreamlike and vaguely surreal. That atmosphere is aided by stunning black and white cinematography and the stark electric guitar improvisations of Neil Young. Johnny Depp is beautiful and enigmatic, as oddly troubling vignettes unfold featuring quirky cameos by Crispin Glover, Iggy Pop, and Robert Mitchum (in his final role). The unique presence of Gary Farmer, as the inimitable Nobody, adds to the vaguely mystical strangeness of it all. Pacing is slow and meditative, with the occasional burst of violence. One always feels on the verge of something profound. If you've seen this before, I highly recommend taking another look. It's timeless.

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