Night on Earth

Jim Jarmusch, USA 1991, 128’
Mystery Train Dead Man

Five taxis, five cities, one night. We begin our journey in Los Angeles, with the film’s characters, streaked with dark humor, immersed in city and neon lights, to follow the nights of New York, Paris, Rome and greet the pale winter dawn in Helsinki. For a moment, drivers and passengers share a special bond - taxis are confessionals, places where paths of people from different worlds, with different status and dreams unexpectedly intersect. Someone gains insight into someone else's life for a moment and may leave their mark, or share a new perspective. There will be a moment of clairvoyance on a Paris street, Rome will comically combine the sacred and the profane, and Helsinki will be sobering. But these weren’t Jarmusch's cities of first choice. Instead, he followed the location of the actors he wanted to work with: Gena Rowlands and Winona Ryder, Armin Mueller-Stahl and Giancarlo Esposito, Isaac de Bankolé and Béatrice Dalle, Roberto Benigni and Paolo Bonacelli, as well as Matti Pellonpää, Sakari Kuosmanen, Kari Kyösti Väänänen, Tomi Salmela, known from films by Aki Kaurismäki. The script was written in just eight days, while Jim Jarmusch's longtime collaborator, Tom Waits, penned the music.


Małgorzata Sadowska


Film Independent Spirit Awards 1993 - Best Cinematography

Jim Jarmusch

Jim Jarmusch was born in 1953 in Akron, Ohio, and is one of the most important figures of in the history of independent cinema. Jarmusch studied at New York University Film School and Cinémathèque Française. His mentor was Nicholas Ray (director of Rebel Without a Cause), for whom Jarmusch also worked as assistant director. Thanks to the success of his first films, especially Stranger Than Paradise (1984), which won the Golden Camera at Cannes, Jarmusch came to symbolize a new generation of independent American cinema and became a critics' darling. The combination of his specific sense of humor and oft-used static scenes is so characteristic that the term Jarmuschian is understood throughout the world today. Laureate of, among others, Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for a short film (Coffee and Cigarettes III, 1993) and winner of numerous other awards.


1980 Nieustające wakacje / Permanent Vacation

1984 Inaczej niż w raju / Stranger Than Paradise

1986 Poza prawem / Down by Law

1991 Noc na Ziemi / Night on Earth

1995 Truposz / Dead Man

1999 Ghost Dog: Droga samuraja / Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai

2003 Kawa i papierosy / Coffee and Cigarettes

2005 Broken Flowers

2009 The Limits of Control

2013 Tylko kochankowie przeżyją / Only Lovers Left Alive

2016 Paterson

2016 Gimme Danger (doc.)

2019 Truposze nie umierają / The Dead Don’t Die

Cast & Crew

director Jim Jarmusch
screenplay Jim Jarmusch
cinematography Frederick Elmes
editing Jay Rabinowitz
music Tom Waits
cast Gena Rowlands, Winona Ryder, Lisanne Falk, Alan Randolph Scott, Anthony Portillo, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Giancarlo Esposito, Rosie Perez, Richard Boes, Isaac de Bankolé
producer Masahiro Inbe, Jim Jarmusch, Demetra J. MacBride, Rudd Simmons, Jim Stark, Noboru Takayama
production JVC Entertainment, Victor Music Industries, Le Studio Canal +, Film4, Pandora Film
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
coloration colour
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