AMERICAN MAN Film Series, curated by Tova Gannana
Dead Man is likely Jim Jarmusch’s most stunning achievement. A period piece that draws directly upon a genre (the western), the film stands apart from Jarmusch’s other work categorically as well. The violence that ensues causes Blake to scramble across the wilderness with a bullet in his chest. Pursued by savage bounty hunters, his journey is an extended death scene—he avoids one meeting with mortality before encountering another. -Slant Magazine
Dead Man is the story of a young man’s journey, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the 2nd half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American, named “Nobody”, who believes Blake is actually the dead English poet of the same name. The story, with Nobody’s help, leads William Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously-unknown world that exists on the other side.
All tickets for the American Man Film Series are adult price, $11.25.
We would like to thank our generous sponsors who are all Bainbridge Island businesses for making American Man film series possible.
Poster artwork by Lisa Hope
American Man Film Series is sponsored by:
Salumi Artisan Cured Meats
Rolling Bay Cafe
Thomas D. Coe Attorney at Law
Bainbridge Yoga House
Bainbridge Island Outfitters and Depot
Willow Tree Market
The Harbour Public House