June 15th: Killing the Myth


127. Dead Man (Jim Jarmusch, 1995)

Johnny Depp is William Blake, an accountant adrift in the American West. Accompanied by sarcastic Native American, Nobody, played by Gary Farmer he embarks on a bizarre journey into the wild after he kills a man and has a bullet lodged near his own heart. On the run from a series of bounty hunters Blake and Nobody encounter the strange and disturbed as they make their somnambulant way to the coast. Beautifully photographed and packed with a brilliant cast of character actors, featuring one of the last appearances from the legendary Robert Mitchum, this is an intriguing, dreamlike continuance of the ongoing deconstruction of the great American myth of the West. Iggy Pop even makes an appearance, as a woman, I think.

Note: Dead Man is listed in the Neon book 1000 Essential Movies on Video under Pop Star Vehicles, which seems a little odd because Iggy Pop is in it for about 5 minutes.