Playing Fri Jan 27 at 7:00 at Museum of Arts and Design [Program & Tix]
“No Wave Cinema” continues Thursday and Friday nights at MAD thru Feb 10. Jarmusch’s watershed low-budget indie was once praised by Andrew Sarris as “one of the best film debuts ever.”
Roger Ebert for the Chicago Sun-Times:
Stranger Than Paradise is a treasure from one end to the other. I saw it for the first time at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, where it was having its first public showing. Half the people in the theater probably didn’t speak English, but that didn’t stop them from giving the movie a standing ovation, and it eventually won the Camera d’Or prize for the best first film. It is like no other film you’ve seen, and yet you feel right at home in it. It seems to be going nowhere, and knows every step it wants to make. It is a constant, almost kaleidoscopic experience of discovery, and we try to figure out what the film is up to and it just keeps moving steadfastly ahead, fade in, fade out, fade in, fade out, making a mountain out of a molehill.