Jim Jarmusch: Music, Words and Noise
Sara Piazza


Paperback | Jul 2015 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780234410 | 320pp | 200x150mm | Stocked item (check) | RFB | AUD$44.99, NZD$54.99


This book examines the films of Jim Jarmusch from a sound-oriented perspective. The three essential acoustic elements that structure a film – music, words and noise – propel this book’s fascinating journey through his work. Exploring the director’s extensive back catalogue, including Stranger Than Paradise  (1984), Down By Law  (1986), Dead Man  (1995) and Only Lovers Left Alive  (2013), Sara Piazza’s unique reading reveals how Jarmusch created a form of ‘sound democracy’ in film, in which all acoustic layers are capable of infiltrating each other and in which sound is not subordinate to the visual.