Today, we gave you a glimpse at the best in film retrospectives and screenings coming up this month—but even with a wealth of cinematic gems awaiting us, one series we’re most looking forward to is The Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Jim Jarmusch retro in April. Coinciding with the release of his brilliantly bloodthirsty Only Lovers Left Alive, we’ll get the chance to take a walk back through his idiosyncratic oeuvre—from Stranger Than Paradise to Ghost Dog. Also included is The Limits of Control, which remains one of his best features, indulging so heavily into Jarmusch’s directorial affinities and obsessions. In taking our own look back on his films, we noted that:
Beloved French director Claire Denis once said, “What I like best is to smoke cigarettes and listen to music. A perfect day for me is a day with coffee, cigarettes, and music, to quote Jim Jarmusch.” And when you think of the iconic New York director, with his signature stunning white coiffure, the beauty of his films exist in the lingering moments of everyday life–like the simple pleasure of a strong cup of coffee and a fresh cigarette. And for over three decades now, Jarmsuch has been making films—as well as writing music and poetry—that live in a world entirely of his creation. Focused on mood and idiosyncratic characters, his movies tell us intricate stories through fractured vignettes that display his fantastic ear for pairing music with bodies. Jarmusch’s cinematic universe is minimalistic in structure but rich in personality, coming to life through dialogue and repetition of brilliant actors like John Lurie, Tom Waits, Tilda Swinton, and Bill Murray.
And now, thanks to The Seventh Art, we’re able to get a closer glance at Jim’s working process with an on-set docuementary—Behind Jim Jarmusch—shot during the making of The Limits of Control.
French filmmaker Lea Rinaldi took her camera to Seville, one of the filming locations for The Limits of Control, and was able to catch time with the enduring filmmaker on set, resulting in this hour-long portrait of an artist at the helm. As a person, Jarmusch is about as veracious and impassive as one would expect, with a penchant for waxing philosophical about life, art and the film-making process. Rinaldi’s camera captures revealing moments of frustration and beauty, trekking through the vibrant set and streets with one of the key faces of independent film.
So enjoy the 51-minute doc below and wander through some of his best moments HERE.