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Stranger Than Paradise -- Rootless Hungarian émigré Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing the drab interiors and environs of New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.
Stranger Than Paradise -- Willie, his pal Eddie, and visiting sixteen-year-old cousin Eva always manage to make the least of any situation, whether aimlessly traversing New York City, Cleveland, or an anonymous Florida suburb.

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Jim Jarmusch (written by)
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Release Date:
9 November 1984 (West Germany) See more »
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A self-styled New York hipster is paid a surprise visit by his younger cousin from Budapest. From initial... See more » | Add synopsis »
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8 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Neat little formal exercise See more (96 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Lurie ... Willie

Eszter Balint ... Eva

Richard Edson ... Eddie
Cecillia Stark ... Aunt Lotte
Danny Rosen ... Billy
Rammellzee ... Man With Money

Tom DiCillo ... Airline Agent
Richard Boes ... Factory Worker
Rockets Redglare ... Poker player
Harvey Perr ... Poker player
Brian J. Burchill ... Poker player

Sara Driver ... Girl with Hat
Paul Sloane ... Motel Owner

Directed by
Jim Jarmusch 
 
Writing credits
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Jim Jarmusch  written by

Produced by
Sara Driver .... producer
Otto Grokenberger .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Lurie 
 
Cinematography by
Tom DiCillo 
 
Film Editing by
Jim Jarmusch 
Melody London 
 
Production Design by
Matt Buchwald (production assistant)
Sam Edwards (production assistant)
Louis Tancredi (production assistant)
Stephen Torton (production assistant)
 
Production Management
Sara Driver .... production manager
 
Sound Department
John Auerbach .... sound editor
Jack Cooley .... sound re-recording mixer
Ollie Cotton .... sound recording engineer
Greg Curry .... sound
Drew Kunin .... production sound mixer
Melody London .... sound editor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Gibson .... assistant camera
James Hayman .... assistant camera
Frank Prinzi .... gaffer
Frank Prinzi .... grip
Li-Shin Yu .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Tim Brennan .... negative matcher
John Dowdell .... hd colorist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Jill Jaffe .... musician: viola (The Paradise Quartet ) (as Jill B. Jaffe)
Eugene J. Moye .... musician: cello (The Paradise Quartet ) (as Eugene Moye)
Mary Rowell .... musician: violin (The Paradise Quartet ) (as Mary L. Rowell)
Kay Stern .... musician: violin (The Paradise Quartet )
 
Production Department
Guido Chiesa .... production assistant
Tom Jarmusch .... production assistant
Una McClure .... production assistant
 
Other crew
Matt Buchwald .... production assistant
Guido Chisea .... production assistant
Sam Edwards .... production assistant
Suzanne Fletcher .... title designer
Tom Jarmusch .... production assistant
Una McClure .... production assistant
Louis Tancredi .... production assistant
Stephen Torton .... production assistant
 
Thanks
Paul Bartel .... special thanks
 

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89 min
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Mentioned in the book "Out of Sight" by Elmore Leonard.See more »
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Crew or equipment visible: Shadow of a crew member just before the end of the scene where Eva is throwing away the dress.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Willie:Yeah.
Aunt Lotte:[speaks indistinctly in Hungarian]
Willie:Oh, hello, Aunt Lotte.
Aunt Lotte:[replies indistinctly in Hungarian throughout conversation]
Willie:Don't speak to me in Hungarian, please. No, I haven't heard from him, not for ten years. Yeah, I got your letter. Speak English, please! Yeah, my little cousin Eva. Yeah, I know, she's come - coming here and she's gonna stay overnight, when's she coming...
[...]
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Wanderlust (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Put a Spell on YouSee more »

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26 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Neat little formal exercise, 4 March 2002
Author: Pete-230 from Rumson, NJ

Watched for the second time the other night, and was struck how formal this really is. Every scene is a single take, some static, some with very stylized camera movement (static shot up the street to an approaching car; pick up car and track it as it passes, static again as it drives off). Occasionally an actor wanders off screen to the right, despite the camera trying to keep up; just this slight effect, surrounded as it is by so much silence and stillness, is enough to produce a slight frisson of tension. Blackouts separate the scenes, but either ambient sound or music cues continue as transitions during the cuts.

The main characters' costumes underline their alienation from the world around them. Judging from the props & surroundings, film seems to be set in contemporary (early-1980s) time. Willie and Eddie dress and act like late-Fifties/early-Sixties racetrack touts, and they seem most at ease in the retro living room of Aunt Lotte, who presumably left Hungary during that period. Eva's costumes likewise proclaim 'outsider,' though the dreary black she wears can signify either a refugee from East Europe or a jaded bohemian poseur.

First viewing a number of years back, I thought the film was offhanded and casual, with not much going on. A second viewing changed my mind - the absolute minimalism of the plot and dialogue leave plenty of space to explore Jarmusch's technique, composition, etc. It made me laugh out loud a couple of times, too.

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