Monday, April 16, 2012

[HvEXAS] Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man | Thurs. 04/19, 7:30 PM | EMPAC, Troy, NY

Dead Man
Directed by Jim Jarmusch
Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7:30 PM
EMPAC Theater
Troy, NY

This 1995 take on classic Hollywood Westerns, featuring Johnny Depp, Crispin Glover, Iggy Pop, Robert Mitchum (in his final film role), and Billy Bob Thornton, tells the story of William Blake, an accountant from Cleveland who goes to the town of Machine for work, a misadventure that soon turns him into an outlaw. Set to an eerie, improvised soundtrack by Neil Young, Dead Man constitutes a physical and mythical journey that ends as it begins.

In 1984, Jim Jarmusch made Stranger Than Paradise, a black-and-white picaresque film that won the Caméra d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Two years later, he created another picaresque fable, the critically acclaimed Down by Law. In 1989, Jarmusch completed the trilogy with the release of Mystery Train. His ambition is to create a new cinematic language shaped by his two major influences: the world cinema of Europe and Japan, and the cinema of Hollywood. "I'm interested in finding a bridge between these," he has said. I'd like to embrace both sides without negating one or the other."

The Eternal Return is a collection of films begins with the idea that time is a lie. Reveling in déjà vu and non-linear timelines, the series is inspired by such varied sources as Nietzsche's notion of the eternal recurrence and the multiverse hypothesis in physics. Each of the films in the series is structured by a central narrative loop and a thematic focus on the incommensurability of the momentary and the eternal.

Other films in the series later this spring include:

Thursday, May 3
Before Sunrise 

A film that tracks a conversation between two people through the streets of Vienna as they reflect on topics such as time and eternity.

All films start at 7:30 PM and are $6 each. Evelyn's Café will open at 6:30 PM with a full menu of meals, snacks, and beverages as well as a selection of wines. Parking is available in the Rensselaer parking lot on College Avenue.

Additional event information can be found on the EMPAC website: Questions? Call the EMPAC Box Office: 518.276.3921.

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