New York Magazine

Want … Brains …

Jim Jarmusch’s heavy-footed zombie comedy.
Tilda Swinton

THE DEAD DON’T DIE

DIRECTED BY JIM JARMUSCH. R.

DOMINO

DIRECTED BY BRIAN DE PALMA. R.

WHEN I HEARD Jim Jarmusch had made a zombie comedy called The Dead Don’t Die, I thought, “That could be the subtitle of all his films!” His characters aren’t dead, but they’re resolutely deadpan, in the vaudeville coinage from the old definition of pan, meaning “face.” So, dead face. Jarmusch has cited Buster Keaton and Yasujiro Ozu as major influences, and he once co-founded an imaginary club called the Sons of Lee Marvin for white people with good cheekbones who barely change their expressions. The deadness of the pans points up the absence of human connection in Jarmusch’s films, but it’s a mistake to think his characters have no emotions. They yearn. They feel the void inside—and

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