Screen/Society--Dinner and a Movie Series--"Mystery Train"
(Jim Jarmusch, 1989, 110 min, USA/Japan, in English, Japanese, and Italian w/ English subtitles, Color, Blu-Ray)
Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams - which, in Jim Jarmusch’s Mystery Train, is Memphis. Made with its director's customary precision and wit, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King, who presides over the film like a spirit. Mystery Train is one of Jarmusch's very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world.
-- Winner for Best Artistic Contribution at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival!
-- "[In] Jarmusch's strange elegy for faded Americana... nostalgia reigns, love is lost, death is never far away, and everything is haunted by the ghost of Elvis, 'young and beautiful looking, like in 1956'." - Eye for Film
-- "It's the best thing Mr. Jarmusch has done to date." - New York Times
The museum cafe opens for dinner at 5 PM on Thursdays. Enjoy ample parking, time to cool off, cafe dinner specials and reserved seating for the film. Cafe reservations can be made online at nasher.duke.edu or by calling 919-684-6032. The lecture hall will open for seating at 6:40 PM. The film begins at 7 PM.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsors: The Nasher Museum of Art and the Program in the Arts of the Moving Image (AMI)