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"Stranger than Paradise" -- Alternative Frameworks for Staging, Shooting, and Editing

by Eric Hoyt

Student filmmakers under the false impression that there are no stylistic alternatives to Hollywood's continuity system of staging, shooting, and editing should look no further than Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger than Paradise." Observe how Jarmusch shoots and stages entire scenes in a single shot -- frequently, a single composition -- with very little camera movement. The subdued style contributes the film's droll tone and helps to turn this clip's final scene (which takes place inside a movie theater) into one of the worst dates of all time.

"Stranger than Paradise" -- Alternative Frameworks for Staging, Shooting, and Editing

Student filmmakers under the false impression that there are no stylistic alternatives to Hollywood's continuity system of staging, shooting, and editing should look no further than Jim Jarmusch's "Stranger than Paradise."

from Stranger than Paradise (1984)
Creator: Jim Jarmusch
Distributor: Criterion Collection
Posted by Eric Hoyt
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