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Night on Earth (Criterion Collection)

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Five cities. Five taxicabs. A multitude of strangers in the night. Jim Jarmusch assembled an extraordinary international cast of actors (including Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Beatrice Dalle, and Roberto Benigni) for this hilarious quintet of tales of urban displacement and existential angst, spanning time zones, continents, and languages. Jarmusch's lovingly askew view of humanity from the passenger seat makes for one his most charming and beloved films.


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 204860430
UPC 715515025423
UPC 14 00715515025423
Format DVD
Release Date 9/4/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Name Jarmusch,Jim
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Cast & Crew
Alan Randolph Scott - Actor
Frederick Elmes - Cinematographer
Gena Rowlands - Actor
Jay Rabinowitz - Editor
Jim Jarmusch - Producer
Jim Jarmusch - Director
Jim Jarmusch - Writer
Jim Stark - Executive Producer
Rosie Perez - Actor
Tom Waits - Original Music By
Winona Ryder - Actor
Winner (1993) Independent Spirit, Frederick Elmes , Best Cinematography
ReviewSource Variety
Review "Jim Jarmusch's existential comedy ""Night on Earth"" is an easy-to-take followup to his previous pic ""Mystery Train"". Beginning with an outer-space shot gradually zeroing in on planet Earth, the director covers in five separate segments his favorite theme of lonely people interacting but ultimately facing the great void alone. From this cosmic perspective he examines brief encounters between taxi drivers and their late-night fares...Matti Pellonpaa is genuinely moving as a cabbie pouring out his tragic story to a trio of drunken guys. It's a tale of faith and love unrewarded...Filming in the languages of each city results in a feature about 60% English subtitled."
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Jarmusch is a poet of the night. Much of ""Night on Earth"" creates the same kind of lonely, elegaic, romantic mood as ""Mystery Train,"" his film about wanderers in nighttime Memphis. Tom Waits' music helps to establish this mood of cities that have been emptied of the waking. It's as if the minds of these night people are affected by all of the dreams and nightmares that surround them...Jarmusch is not interested in making each segment into a short story with an obvious construction. There are no zingers at the end. He's more concerned with character; with the relationship that forms, for example, between a tattooed, gum-chewing, chain-smoking young cabdriver (Winona Ryder) and the elegant executive (Gena Rowlands) who wants to cast her for a movie...We sense they have more in common with one another than with the daytime inhabitants of their cities. And their cabs, hurtling through the deserted streets, are like couriers on a mission to nowhere."
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
DVD, Special Edition, English, French, Italian
Product Attributes
Actor Jarmusch,Jim
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice A clever glimpse of the human condition...
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone ...[a] compassionate comedy of missed connections...
Vincent Canby, The New York Times ...transforms the commonplace into something haunting, mysterious, and newly true...
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