STRANGER THAN PARADISE
1984, Janus Films, 89 min, USA, Dir: Jim Jarmusch

This deadpan comedy became one of the most influential films of the 1980s, "casting a wide shadow over the new generation of independent American filmmakers to come. ... Its style is minimalism itself, but the post-beatnik cool of John Lurie, Richard Edson and Eszter Balint somehow betrays the fact that they care about each other, and a loopy charm and subtle but potent humor seep through the film's stark black-and-white images.” - Mark Deming, All Movie Guide