Dead Man is an original variation on the indestructible genre of the western. The film encompasses the journey of a man young in spirit and body, Bill Blake, to unknown regions. He travels to the far western border of America, some time in the second half of the nineteenth century. Blake is lost and severely injured when he meets a strange outcast Indian called 'Nobody' who in turn believes that Blake is really the dead English poet of the same name. The story transports Blake to both comic and violent situations and he is aided by Nobody. Against his nature, Blake is forced to become an outlaw and murderer; he feels the physical world slowly slide away from under him. All of Jim Jarmusch's films have been screened in Rotterdam and with Dead Man he makes his first 'historical' film. It is a fine display of good and pretty well-known actors. Jarmusch chose the western as starting point because of the open form and the fact that the genre is bound up with America. He himself describes his film as 'a black-and-white-psychedelic-micro- epic.'

Filmmaker
Jim Jarmusch
Premiere
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Country
USA
Year
1995
Medium
35mm
Length
134’
Language
English
Producer
12-Gauge Productions, Demetra J. MacBride
Sales
United Artists Films, Universal Pictures Benelux
Writer
Jim Jarmusch
Music
Neil Young
Cast
Johnny Depp