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Where To?: Jim Jarmusch’s Late Nite Classic Night on Earth — 35mm Screening

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

Wednesday, February 1 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Jim Jarmusch • 1991
The fifth feature from Jim Jarmusch, patron saint of wandering souls, the heavily cosmopolitan Night on Earth is one of his three “vignette” films, sitting between Mystery Train and Coffee and Cigarettes. Taking place in five different cities around the world, each segment shows strangers in the night coming together in that most underrated of intimate spaces, the taxicab. Like most of Jarmusch’s films, Night on Earth is thematically huge and small at the same time; the phrase “Where to?”, uttered from the cab drivers to their fares, can and does elicit an infinite variety of answers, profound and otherwise. Night on Earth features a dizzying array of actors, including (but not limited to) Béatrice Dalle, Isaach De Bankóle, Roberto Benigni, Giancarlo Esposito, Rosie Perez, Gena Rowlands, and Winona Ryder, epitomizing early ’90s chic. (Jarmusch apparently chose the cities–Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, and Helsinki–based on who he wanted to work with.) With brooding cinematography by longtime Jarmusch collaborator Frederick Elmes (Blue Velvet, The Ice Storm) and a soundtrack by Tom Waits at his most guttural. Come for the actors and stay for the taxis, including Ryder’s 1981 Chevy Caprice Wagon, a true thing of beauty. (RL)
128 min •  JVC Entertainment Networks • 35mm from Janus Films
Film Stock: Eastman LPP (1991)
Preceded by: Alvin and the Chipmunks in “Finiculi Finicula” (1960) – 16mm – 3 min

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