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Coffee and Cigarettes –– US
Wednesday, June 21, 6:05-8:20pm.
More than ten years after Jarmusch made Night on Earth (Salon 12/13/16), he put together another compilation of short pieces, this time tied together by the theme of coffee and cigarettes. Sometimes just a few cigarettes, sometimes a lot; sometimes so much coffee that the drinker’s hand shakes; sometimes-herbal tea. We get Jarmusch regulars like Roberto Benigni offering to help an acquaintance, Steven Wright, with a dreaded dental appointment, and Tom Waits and Iggy Pop in a subtle duel of male egos. Renée French, with a disintegrating beehive do, just wants to read her gun catalogue quietly while she has a cup of joe and a cigarette, but her waiter won’t leave her in peace. Cate Blanchett does double duty in a meeting with her seldom seen cousin, and Alfred Molina and Steve Coogan do a wincingly awkward Hollywood dance around the subject of a distant familial connection.
In addition to their common subject, most episodes are also linked by one shot from directly over the table where coffee and cigarettes are arrayed, sometimes fighting it out for space. Some of the episodes like Molina’s and Coogan’s are deliciously subtle. Others, like the one between brothers, Joe Rigano and Vinny Vella, and twins Joie Lee and Cinqué Lee, will make you think a bit about your own family and where you grew up, especially if it was on the other coast. Jarmusch’s script, sly and blunt, funny and sad, is aided enormously by the black and white film and its superb use by a quartet of fine cinematographers that includes Robby Müller, who shot Alice in the Cities (Salon, 9/16).
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