This week on Cinemaball, Ebony and Carolyn go on a globe-hopping adventure via the 1991 Jim Jarmusch anthology film Night on Earth! From Winona Ryder in Los Angeles to Armin Mueller-Stahl in New York and beyond, five cab drivers in five cities participate in the carnival of human life, in all its whimsy, happenstance, joy, and sorrow. Listen as we discuss Jarmusch’s knack for capturing the beauty of lived-in places, the gentle compassion the film has for its characters, and how, looking back on this film from the present era of Uber and Lyft, there’s a melancholy sense that we’re glimpsing a fading world. As your “sommoviers,” we also offer suggestions for films to pair with Night on Earth, and Ebony announces what film we’ll be watching next week.
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