Tuesday 1 October 2013 @ The Lord Palmerston 8pm

“By the time Tom Waits growls his lovely closing waltz over the credits, Jarmusch has shown us moments most filmmakers don't even notice.” - Geoff Andrews, Time Out

Five different taxi journeys that take place at precisely the same time in five different cities around the world reveal a mixture of humorous and moving stories. The films nods towards directors including Spike Lee, John Casavetes and Aki Kaurismaki - all scored to magnificent Tom Waits  soundtrack.

Taking place in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome and Helinski, the film features an international cast including Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Beatrice Dalle, Roberto Benigni, Matti Pellonpää and Isaach De Bankolé.

A typically idiosyncratic film by Jim Jarmusch, one of indie America's most distinctive directors.

 If you want to read what an impact the film had on Nigel when he first saw it, read his Open Letter to Winona Ryder.

Interview about Night on Earth from French TV

Related Links

White Night: An Interview with Jim Jarmusch - the director talks to Film Threat about the film in 1991

An interview with cinematographer Frederick Elmes - the inside track on shooting the film

Night on Earth (Criterion Collection) - includes essays by Paul Auster and Thom Anderson on the cities in the film

Night on Earth on IMDb

Why Did We Pick It?

Following Lift to The Scaffold, and its classic Miles Davis score, another film with music by someone who's day job is not composing film music.


AuthorTufnell Park Film Club