Tuesday, May 12, 2009

[screenings] Walk Backwards Into The Horizon- Films of Jim Jarmusch


M.S. RAJKUMAR: It was the usual lunch hour on a usual Monday. My colleagues in the cubicles around me all scrambled as soon as it was announced. If I remember correctly, the day’s menu had Pasta Napolitano as the special and like all good things these days- you leave it out in the open; it doesn’t last for too long. I, however, decided to check my mail first and there was this note from my wife reminding me to pick her after work and take her to the in-laws. It was, without exaggeration, the thirteenth time in the thirteen hours since the day began that she had to make it a point by putting it right under my nose. There’s only so much a man can take. With over-times, paycuts, six day weeks, restricted access to the internet, an office that looks like a cheap Airport lounge and a boss who shares his first name and much more with Mussolini……

I pulled the plug on the PC and in the process, was mildly electrocuted. It was then that I had this vision. It was a tide of the pure psychedelic. The world as I knew it, cubicles and all were dissolved just in the glory of the vision. The endless highway, the pink moon on the horizon, the ancient river and the breeze- wild and electric. Time gave away and every moment had a legend of its own. Every moment was a hundred years old and I was alive at the heart of the world. I grabbed my friend’s bike keys from his desk and walked straight into the boss’s room and slugged him right across the face. Then I grabbed his petite secretary by the arms, who I fancied for years now but had never spoken to her beyond polite ‘Hello’s and took her by the arm and walked towards the elevator. She whispered something in my ear.

Later, I was told that she said,” Leave me.” But at that moment, in the grip of it, I thought she had leaned into me and said,” Groove me.”

INSPECTOR: Have you had any previous history of mental disturbance, Mr. Rajk…

M.S. RAJKUMAR: The name is Brando, sir. Marlon Brando.

- From sources in The Anarchist Convention, Bangalore Chapter

“You must learn to play it cool. At least wait till the bell rings.”

- Feluda in A Mysterious Case by Satyajit Ray

Jim Jarmusch is cinema- la vie boheme and the dream beatific and Bangalore Film Society just can’t seem to tune out the excitement on the eve of the release of ‘The Limits of Control’, the master’s first film in four long years. As Jarmusch continues to locate his ‘sad and beautiful’ vision in these strange and modern times, we attempt to trace the light to where it all began. Proudly presenting ‘Walk Backwards into the Horizon’, a weekend of the first three films of one of the greatest directors of our time and our perennial favorite- Jim Jarmusch.

Friday 15th May, 2009 Time: 6.30pm

Down By Law (1986/107min) Dir: Jim Jarmusch

“Do not concentrate on the finger or you will miss all that heavenly glory”

- Bruce Lee

When fate lands three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, their singular adventure begins. Described by director Jim Jarmusch as a “neo–Beat noir comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring fine performances and crisp black-and-white photography by esteemed cinematographer Robby Müller. Nominated for Palm D’Or 1986.

Saturday 16th May, 2009 Time: 6.30pm

Stranger Than Paradise (1984/89min) Dir: Jim Jarmusch

“I said "emotional content." Not anger! Now try again!”

- Bruce Lee

Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie (John Lurie), his pal Eddie (Richard Edson), and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva (Eszter Balint) always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb. With its delicate humor and dramatic nonchalance, Jim Jarmusch’s one-of-a-kind minimalist masterpiece, Stranger Than Paradise, forever transformed the landscape of American independent cinema. Winner of Camera D’Or at Cannes 1984.

Sunday 17th May, 2009 Time: 6.30pm

Permanent Vacation (1980/75min) Dir: Jim Jarmuch

“Because the word "I" does not exist.”

- Bruce Lee

Permanent Vacation is directed, written and produced by Jim Jarmusch. It was the director's first release, and was shot on 16 mm film shortly after he dropped out of film school. The main character wanders around a dingy New York atmosphere and is confronted by a number of intriguing characters as he ponders the questions of life, and searches for a better place. Winner of Josef Von Sternberg Award, 1980.

Venue: Ashirvad, 30, St. Mark's Road cross, Op. State Bank of India



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