Saturday, July 2, 2016

Dead Man (1995)


 Cannes Film Festival 1995

Palme d'Or
Jim Jarmusch

Directed by Jim Jarmusch
My rating: 3.5 stars out of 4
(DVD, Miramax)

Johnny Depp is an accountant from Cleveland who takes a cross country train through the old west to California where supposedly a new job is waiting. Instead, he ends up wanted for murder and on the run. He befriends an Indian who nurses him back to health and provides philosophical commentary. They are pursued by a trio of bounty hunters, including one very nasty man with cannibalistic tendencies. Depp and friend manage to find their way to an Indian village for a final showdown with their pursuers, and themselves. Shot in glorious black-and-white by Robby Müller and featuring an anachronistic but effective solo guitar soundtrack by Neil Young. It goes off the rail occasionally with jarring, over-the-top violence, but manages to be both entertaining and thought provoking, if not downright awe inspiring.

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