Night on Earth

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Year: 1991
Country: USA
Running time: 125 mins

Production Co.: Locus Solus Inc.
Executive Producer: Jim Stark
Producers: Jim Jarmusch, Demetra J. MacBride
Photography: Frederick Elmes (DuArtcolor)
Editor: Jay Rabinowitz
Sound: Drew Kunin
Music: Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan

Cast

Corky: Winona Ryder
Victoria Snelling: Gena Rowlands
Yoyo: Giancarlo Esposito
Helmut: Armin Mueller-Stahl
Angela: Rosie Perez
Driver (Paris): Isaach de Bankole
Blind woman: Beatrice DaIle
Driver (Rome): Roberto Benigni
Priest: Paolo Bonacelli
Mika: Matti Pellonpaa
Pasesngers (Helsinki): Karl Vaananen, Sakari Kuosmanen, Torni Salmela
 

Festivals: New York, London, 1991. U.S., San Francisco, Melbourne, 1992.
 

Jim Jarmusch has his inimitable way of seeing. It doesn't matter how many Jarmusch wannabes crop up over the next few years (and there will be an army of them) - none is going to catch the goofy sweet cadences of a Jarmusch film. Night on Earth is five separate stories that occur at the same time in taxicabs in five different cities and time zones: Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Rome, Helsinki. (The last, of course, allows Jarmusch to make his own Kaurisrnaki movie.) These anecdotes are slight but touching. They're investigations of the in-between periods that people don't usually make movies about. Jarmusch may be the first great American director to specialise in downtime. But, for all the hip trappings of his films, he strikes me as being at least as close in spirit to Frank Capra as to Jean-Luc Godard. Jarmusch is a classical filmmaker; just look at the delicate curve of Night on Earth's opening segment, in which a cabbie (Winona Ryder), a touching figure in her youthful, self-conscious certainty and love of the role of chain-smoking working girl, teaches a lesson to the Hollywood agent (Gena Rowlands) ... - Robert Horton, Film Comment, 11-12/91