Jim Jarmusch

Celebrate National Coffee Day With 500 Years’ Worth of Caffeine-Worshiping Culture

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Apparently today is National Coffee Day, which means that a) there really is a day for everything and b) we have an excuse to drink even more coffee than we normally do. Huzzah! Of course, it’s not just your Flavorwire editorial staff who are caffeine addicts aficionados — for centuries, artists have been eulogizing the virtues of the bean. Here are ten examples that stand out for being historically notable, funny and/or just plain weird.
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10 Surreal Hotel-Set Films

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A Holocaust survivor, Lucia (Charlotte Rampling), resumes her sadomasochistic relationship with a former Nazi officer, Max (Dirk Bogarde), at a Vienna hotel in Liliana Cavani’s 1974 film The Night Porter. The setting becomes a link between past and present, reflected in several hypnotic flashbacks and Max’s new position as the hotel’s night porter. “A turning point in the film is the first surreal flashback at the opera. . . . Here, Cavani begins to dispense with realistic Holocaust representation to proceed with her own discourse on sexuality,” writes Nick Impey. “The earlier flashbacks are signified as depictions of either Max or Lucia’s subjective remembering. . . . As the narrative progresses, the ‘remembering stare’ virtually ceases to be applied, indicating that we are seeing something less representative of the real collective horror, and that Cavani is presenting her own imagining of the Holocaust in the flashbacks.” Criterion has given Cavani’s surreal film the Blu-ray treatment, set to release on December 9. We’ve gathered other movies that use the transient setting of the hotel room as a site of memory, dreams, and internal struggles.
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10 Famous Poems That Appeared in Film

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For decades, Hollywood has looked to the annals of literature for inspiration. Literary adaptations are more popular than ever, but poetry is still largely untapped. Films like Ken Russell’s Gothic and Jane Campion’s Bright Star center on famous poets, and there are some great movies based on poems, but we’re looking at the appearance of poetry in films — instances where characters and narratives are reflected in poetic works, recited in the movies themselves. Here’s a video scrapbook of poetry in movies. Feel free to continue adding to the list with your own video examples, below.
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How a Legendary William S. Burroughs Documentary Was Lost… and Found 30 Years Later

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In 1983, the New York Film Festival screened Burroughs: The Movie, a feature-length documentary about William S. Burroughs — the first such film made about (and with the cooperation of) the legendary author, an expansion of a thesis film by an NYU filmmaker named Howard Brookner (with the help of classmates Jim Jarmusch and Tom DiCillo). Tonight, 31 years later, the NYFF will host a revival screening of that film, which had all but vanished in the intervening years. The film itself is fascinating, but what happened off-screen is even more remarkable, the story of an important document’s disappearance and rediscovery by a young man dedicated to saving it. That young man is Aaron Brookner, nephew of Burroughs director Howard, who spoke to me recently about the picture’s peculiar journey — and his own.
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The 10 Oddest Elvis-Inspired Movies Of All Time

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Into the barren wasteland of late August and early September comes this week’s sole new wide movie release, and you’re forgiven for knowing nothing about it. It’s called The Identical, and it is kinda sorta weirdly about Elvis, except not! There’s a long tradition of this sort of thing — few pop culture figures have inspired more cinematic hypotheticals, dramatizations, and all-out fictions. Here are a few of the weirder ones.
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