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Dead Man

Jim Jarmusch, USA 1995, 120’
Night on Earth Coffee and Cigarettes

Dubbed a psychedelic western by Jim Jarmusch, Dead Man offers a surprising journey through time. Taking viewers to the mythical Wild West, where a young accountant (Johnny Depp) perpetrates an accidental murder and becomes an outlaw. A mysterious aboriginal American named Nobody (Gary Farmer), who is convinced that accountant William Blake is actually the great poet reincarnate, aids his run from the law. Their journey becomes a dreamlike, existential trip, with spiritual awakening as the goal. Along the way, the director settles accounts with the western genre, and above all, exposes the violence against people and nature on which the American myth was founded. Dead Man is one of Jarmusch's darkest films and any comedic overtones give way to Neil Young's rough and anxious guitar riffs. In addition to Neil Young, the original world of this anti-Western was co-created by cinematographer operator Robby Müller as well as outstanding actors and musicians like Johnny Depp, Crispin Glover, Robert Mitchum, John Hurt, Gabriel Byrne and Iggy Pop. Dead Man is a winner of the European Film Award.

Małgorzata Sadowska


European Film Awards 1996 - Screen International Award; First Americans in the Arts Awards 1997 - Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Film (Gary Farmer)

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 Robby Müller
editing Jay Rabinowitz
music Neil Young
cast Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, Lance Henriksen, Michael Wincott, Eugene Byrd, John Hurt, Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop, Gabriel Byrne, Jared Harris, Mili Avital, Jimmie Ray Weeks, Mark Bringelson, John North, Peter Schrum
producer Karen Koch, Demetra J. MacBride
production Pandora Filmproduktion, JVC Entertainment Network, Newmarket Capital Group, 12 Gauge Productions
Polish distributor Gutek Film
language English
coloration b&w
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