Jim Jarmusch is an acclaimed American filmmaker, director, screenwriter and actor known for making successful independent films. He was born into a modest family and got introduced to literature at an early age. This interest directed him towards films and he joined a film school after graduation. He came up with his first feature film titled ‘Permanent Vacation’ which although did not attract much popularity but was appreciated by few. This was followed by the first notable film of his life titled ‘Stranger Than Paradise’ which turned out to be successful. It was critically appreciated and also brought him various awards and accolades. Although his next notable work came after a gap of eleven years but it became a huge hit both critically and commercially. He is a passionate filmmaker and aims at making films that could achieve artistic satisfaction rather than being a commercial hit. This unconventional thinking brought him huge respect and he was given a special status in the European nations. He continues to be counted among the best independent filmmakers globally. Following is a compilation of quotes and sayings by the celebrated filmmaker which have been excerpted from his movies, dialogues, tweets, interviews, work, writings, thoughts and life. Go through the quotes and thoughts by Jim Jarmusch to enlighten yourself with his unconventional frame of reference.
I think it comes from really liking literary forms. Poetry is very beautiful, but the space on the page can be as affecting as where the text is. Like when Miles Davis doesn't play, it has a poignancy to it.
I have to tell everyone that when I finish a film and it goes out and is released, I never look at my films again. I don't like looking back. I don't even like talking about 'em! So I'm really digging back in my memory because I don't like to sit and look at my films again.
I wanted to make an Indian character who wasn't either a) the savage that must be eliminated, the force of nature that's blocking the way for industrial progress, or b) the noble innocent that knows all and is another cliche. I wanted him to be a complicated human being.
I start with actors that I know personally or I know their work, and there are things about their work or their presence or their own personality that make a character, that exaggerates some qualities and suppresses other qualities. It's always a real collaboration for me.
Cricket makes no sense to me. I find it beautiful to watch and I like that they break for tea. That is very cool, but I don't understand. My friends from The Clash tried to explain it years and years ago, but I didn't understand what they were talking about.
Ghost Dog: In the words of the ancients, one should make his decision within the space of seven breaths. It is a matter of being determined and having the spirit to break through to the other side.
I always start with characters rather than with a plot, which many critics would say is very obvious from the lack of plot in my films - although I think they do have plots - but the plot is not of primary importance to me, the characters are.
I like to rehearse with the actors scenes that are not in the script and will not be in the film because what we're really doing is trying to establish their character, and good acting to me is about reacting.
The intention was to shoot short films that can exist as shorts independently, but when I put them all together, there are things that echo through them like the dialogue repeats; the situation is always the same, the way they're shot is very simple and the same.
I love rehearsing because in rehearsals there are no mistakes, nothing is wrong, some things apply or lead you to focus on the character and the things that don't apply are equally valuable because they lead you to towards what does.
If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you'll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry.
It was a really interesting time in New York in the late 70s and early 80s, and the music scene was really, really interesting because you didn't have to be a virtuoso to make music, it was more about your desire to express things.
Poets are always ahead of things in a certain way, their sense of language and their vision.
What I did was I completed the half-hour film, but before really showing it, I wrote two more sections for a potential feature film which I didn't think would really happen, but at least I had it in case.
I like doing them and they're ridiculous and the actors can improvise a lot, and they don't have to be really realistic characters that hit a very specific tone as in a feature film. They're really fun, I want to make more of them definitely.