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Year
1995
Runtime
121 min.
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Genres
Drama, Fantasy, Western
Rating *
7.7
Votes *
62,392
Checks
11,601
Favs
1,259
Dislikes
113
Favs/checks
10.9% (1:9)
Favs/dislikes
11:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Jim Jarmush's Dead Man, a black and white, slightly surreal picaresque western, leaves a lot to interpretation, and I reveled in its ambiguities. Johnny Depp plays William Blake, not the poet but an accountant who becomes a Wild West outlaw after being shot. Is he as dead as the title suggests and are we witnessing a death of the self through the prism of a western? Likely, as the characters we meet are absurd and their deaths could be seen as either psychological resolutions as one reflects on one's death, or else terminations brought on by brain death (note the death of the film's central duality just at the end). But it's more than that. Creating a confusion between this character and the English poet and painter evokes the death of a certain kind of man. Imperialist England gave us poetry and art. In Imperialist America, the only poetry is gun violence. As we move West in the film, modernism seems to slip away. Slow-paced and reflective, Dead Man still remains an achievement in absurdist humor, and should spark some conversations. It's filled with stars and includes a simple, but memorable soundtrack by Neil Young. And full props too for its realistic portrayal of Natives. 5 years 1 month ago
  2. wetwillies's avatar

    wetwillies

    "do you know my poetry?" is one of the coolest lines I've ever heard 8 years 7 months ago
  3. Chrizu's avatar

    Chrizu

    Bb - Bb - C - Eb - C 6 years 4 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #16 in A.V. Club's The New Cult Canon
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  2. This movie ranks #16 in BFI's 100 Westerns
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  3. This movie ranks #46 in IMDb's Western Top 50
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  4. This movie ranks #86 in 366 Weird Movies
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  5. This movie ranks #228 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
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  6. This movie ranks #237 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
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  7. This movie ranks #310 in Harvard's Suggested Film Viewing: Narrative Films
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  8. This movie ranks #434 in Jennifer Eiss's 500 Essential Cult Movies
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  9. This movie ranks #435 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
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  10. This movie ranks #884 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
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  11. This movie ranks #915 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
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  12. This movie ranks #1113 in The Criterion Collection
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