Film Reviews, Short Review

Dead Man (1995)


People have a tendency to look at Jim Jarmusch’s films and assume that they are simply post-modernist exercises in style – a cursory viewing of Dead Man would certainly back that theory up, as it would for many of his films – but beneath Jarmusch’s cool, languid surface, his films are always about much more than that. For all of Dead Man‘s flipping of Western genre conventions, it is at its heart a film about death, about one character’s slow, unceasing journey towards his own end. That Dead Man does this via William Blake quotations, brilliant supporting performances from a cast that manages to include both Iggy Pop and Robert Mitchum, and a gorgeous, improvised Neil Young soundtrack makes it all the more unique.


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