Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pushing the Limits....

Early this year...or was it late last year...doesn't matter but I finally saw The Limits of Control by Jim Jarmusch. And I've been thinking Jarmusch's existential exercise ever since.. As it describes on The Jim Jarmusch Resource Page, "The Limits of Control is the story of a mysterious loner, a stranger, whose activities remain meticulously outside the law. He is in the process of completing a job, yet he trusts no one, and his objectives are not initially divulged. His journey, paradoxically both intently focused and dreamlike, takes him not only across Spain but also through his own consciousness."...and further Jarmusch talks about key influences for the film:
"What would it be like if Jacques Rivette remade John Boorman's masterpiece "Point Blank"? Or what if Marguerite Duras remade Jean-Pierre Melville's "Le Samourai"? Michelangelo Antonioni looms large in my subconscious so he's probably there, but I wasn't thinking about him beforehand. I was obliquely thinking of Euro crime films from the 1970s and 1980s, like some of Francesco Rosi's work. These impressionistic inspirations floated through my head, in terms of finding a style rather than imitating these movies." We talk about a lot of films here on our blog, but few have left a left impression quite like the Limits of Control. Everything from the brilliant soundtrack to the beautifully bleak landscapes used in the film add to the surrealist atmosphere of the film. If you are a student of film and enjoy interpreting its language, look no further.

For more, read his interview on IFC.

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