Mystery Train

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Mystery Train

Mystery Train


Mystery train is a film that was written as well as directed by Jim Jarmusch in 1989 and was set in Memphis. The film features stories that involve foreign protagonists that unfold in a night. A Japanese couple on a blues pilgrimage has been featured in “Far From Yokohama”. Moreover, “A ghost” that lays its focus on an Italian widow who is trapped in the city overnight. The story “Lost In Space” focuses on the misadventure of an Englishman who is single and unemployed. This man has been shown along with his companions. Among the contributors of Mystery Train were Robby Muller, cinematographer and John Lurie, musician. The film was financed by JVC, a Japanese conglomerate and it was made with the budget of US $2.8 million. The film was released in the United States by Orion Classics, under rating that was restricted. The film was shown at the New York Film Festival and was also shown in London and at Toronto film festival. Besides this, Mystery Train was also awarded with Best Artistic Achievement Award and was nominated in Independent Spirit Awards. Reponses and reviews of the film that was received were positive and the structure as well as humor was praised (Whitburn 2004, pp. 55).


Three stories have been shown in the film on the same night in Memphis. All three stories have been linked with another by Arcade Hotel. This is because the important characters in the film spend their nights, and every room of the hotel was decorated with the portrait of Elvis Presley.

Like the other films that were directed by Jarmusch, Mystery Train also received a warm welcome form the critics, and this evident with the number of nominations and the awards that the film received. However, Hal Hinson was not impressed with the film and was termed as least engaging. Moreover, David Denby from the New York magazine mentioned that the director has pushed hispetrism and justice has not been done to it. Besides this, postmodern cultural critics have also mentioned about the film. It has also been concluded by Shawn Levy that the film allured the American pop culture (Wolfe & Akenson 2000, pp. 100).

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