Release year: 1995
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Screenwriter: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen, John Hurt, Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop, Eugene Byrd
Ratings: Cannes: Nominated for Palme d’Or.
After arriving in the town of Machine to start on his new job accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) is told by ferocious owner John Dickinson (Robert Mitchum) that the position has been filled by another man. Penniless and stranded he finds company in the former prostitute Thel (Mili Avital). But when a run-in with her jealous ex leaves Blake a murder he finds himself on the run with a strange North American named Nobody (Gary Farmer) who prepares him for his journey into the spirituel world.
Jarmusch’s (Only Lovers Left Alive, 2013) take on the western genre is a pshycedelic experience with its postmodern approach to an old-school genre. Filmed in crisp black-and-white it follows Blake through what may or may not be a spiritual journey while the Neil Young composed guitar-seeped soundtrack wails. Depp (Edward Scissorhands, 1990) seems made for the part and looks comfortable playing yet another eccentric outcast. His intense eyes works well with a rather quiet part, saying so much by his looks alone and in an incredible cast of major talents he easily stands out. You constantly get the feel there is more to the story than what it first appears and the movie invites you to read between the lines, meaning it probably isn’t for everyone. The photography is beautiful though the soundtrack tends to dominate a bit too much but the existential look on the western is certainly an interesting one.
The final screen appearance of Robert Mitchum
Picture copyright: Angel Films