Jim Jarmusch’s 2003 film Coffee and Cigarettes isn’t so much a movie as it is a series of short films. Indeed, the collection of black and white vignettes about the consumption of the aforementioned vices began with a short film of the same name in 1986. After two sequels, Jarmusch applied the deceptively simple theme of conversations over coffee to his 2003 feature length film. The result is a compilation of witty, funny and often strange episodes featuring such big names as Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop and The White Stripes.
Although the film’s monochromatic approach to both color and cadence might put off some viewers, there is no denying that Coffee and Cigarettes is one stylish film. From the pointedly stark opening titles featuring the Kingsmen’s classic song, Louie Louie, to the aerial shots of café tables in varying states of disarray, the film is a cool, kooky and surprisingly delicious love letter to the art of conversation and indulgence. — Max
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Set Decorator: Rena DeAngelo
Wardrobe: Catherine George, Rubinger Jillian, Jessica Pastor