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Coffee & Cigarettes
Topic by: ColonelKong
Posted: May 28, 2004 - 12:42 PM PDT
Last Reply: June 5, 2004 - 7:37 AM PDT

author topic: Coffee & Cigarettes
ColonelKong
post #1  on May 28, 2004 - 12:42 PM PDT  
Anyone here seen this compilation of short films (or any of the shorts contained in it)? I probably won't get to see it until it hits DVD. For the most part, it's not really a "new" Jarmusch film, but it'll be new to me. I particularly want to see the short film with Bill Murray and the Wu-Tang Clan's RZA (score composer for Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai and Kill Bill) and GZA (is it the most recent of the short films?).

Does anyone know if Jim Jarmusch is planning on making any more of these shorts? I think that a short film with Robby Muller (Jarmusch's usual DP) and Frederick Elmes (David Lynch/Ang Lee DP who Jarmusch has worked with a couple of times) in front of the camera would probably be interesting. It's too bad that Jarmusch never got to make the short film with Samuel Fuller and Nicholas Ray that he wanted to make called "Cognac and Cigars".
dwhudson
post #2  on May 31, 2004 - 4:08 AM PDT  

> Anyone here seen this compilation of short films (or any of the shorts contained in it)? I probably won't get to see it until it hits DVD.

I probably won't, either, but years ago, I did see the short with Roberto Benigni and Steve Wright, which was probably shown in this particular theater before a Jarmusch feature. My overall impression is that if you take this string of shorts for what they are, i.e., just fun little exercises Jarmusch has done with whoever's at hand, you'll have a fine time. And going on my memory of the only one I've seen, I'm definitely looking forward to C&C.

By the way, don't know if you've heard, but I've read that Murray will be appearing in Jarmusch's next feature. Don't know much more about it other than that, but still.
Eoliano
post #3  on May 31, 2004 - 10:16 AM PDT  
> By the way, don't know if you've heard, but I've read that Murray will be appearing in Jarmusch's next feature. Don't know much more about it other than that, but still.

That's great news re Bill Murray working with Jarmusch and it should be interesting to see how their sensibilities work together in a feature film. I've seen the Coffee and Cigarettes short as well, David, and given its date, it was probably screened at the local cinemateque before Down by Law. I remember howling at Benigni in both films (when I still thought him funny) though especially at his soliloquy in Down by Law as the police are closing in and he has to swim across the river.
sinisterguffaw
post #4  on June 1, 2004 - 11:57 AM PDT  
Assuming it eventually reaches this market (The Salt Lake Film Society is good about getting all the indie flicks to make a stop in SLC), I will be sure to see it. I'm dyin' to see it! I hear Steven Wright is in one of them... That guy cracks me up.
dwhudson
post #5  on June 1, 2004 - 1:09 PM PDT  
Eoliano wrote:

> I've seen the Coffee and Cigarettes short as well, David, and given its date, it was probably screened at the local cinemateque before Down by Law.

That sounds about right to me, too. I've read that it was the same in the States, but I remember Down by Law had an all but permanent home in one of the art houses in Munich when I was living there. Must have played for at least a year.

> I remember howling at Benigni in both films (when I still thought him funny) though especially at his soliloquy in Down by Law as the police are closing in and he has to swim across the river.

I hate to keep saying, "Me, too," but yes, me, too. And did you ever catch The Little Devil with Walter Matthau? It's relatively hit and miss, but the scene in which he (a little devil, literally) tells an entire dinner party about trying to possess a woman.... and Matthau, the priest, knows there's a serious misunderstanding going on but can't admit he knows... just had me in tears, I was laughing so helplessly. So who would have predicted Benigni would eventually give us... Pinocchio?

Anyway, there isn't much more news on the Murray/Jarmusch collaboration, but here's a story from Coming Soon.
Eoliano
post #6  on June 1, 2004 - 2:03 PM PDT  
> So who would have predicted Benigni would eventually give us... Pinocchio?

Or The Monster or (dare I say this?) Life is Beautiful? I avoided Pinocchio based on my reaction to those two films, and besides, why disturb wonderful childhood memories of a certain long-lost book and a delightful film?

Somehow I forgot to mention the Benigni/Rome sequence in Night on Earth as being my favorite in the film and easily the most uproariously hilarious.
IWhitney
post #7  on June 1, 2004 - 2:03 PM PDT  
If you rent GC's copy of Permanent Vacation, you can see the first three shorts. However, they are in awful condition.
underdog
post #8  on June 1, 2004 - 4:37 PM PDT  
> On June 1, 2004 - 2:03 PM PDT Eoliano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> > So who would have predicted Benigni would eventually give us... Pinocchio?
>
> Or The Monster or (dare I say this?) Life is Beautiful? I avoided Pinocchio based on my reaction to those two films, and besides, why disturb wonderful childhood memories of a certain long-lost book and a delightful film?
>
Yes, I honestly believe Benigni is at his best when reigned in by another director -- when given free reign, i.e., when acting in his own work (or rampaging through an Oscar ceremony).... just doesn't work as well. I did like much of Johnny Stecchino (Toothpick) however.

Oh my but The Monster was as painfully unfunny as his performance in Down by Law was painfully funny.

=C=
dwhudson
post #9  on June 5, 2004 - 7:37 AM PDT  
This all began when ColonelKong wrote, among other things:

> Does anyone know if Jim Jarmusch is planning on making any more of these shorts?

IndieWIRE's Wendy Mitchell has posted a short but sweet interview with Jarmusch in which he (sort of) answers this and other C&C-related questions. The specifically relevant bit: "I'm not sure if I'm going to continue to make more 'Coffee and Cigarettes' or maybe think of another loony premise with which to place people in a situation. But I'd like to keep doing it."

Good questions, good answers: "Why are you so interested in these small-talk moments instead of big events?" & "As a filmmaker, what do you like about the short format that you can't get from a feature-length project?"

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