Jim Jarmusch

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James R. "Jim" Jarmusch (pronounced /ˈdʒɑrməʃ/;[2] born January 22, 1953) is an American independent filmmaker.[3] Jarmusch has been a major proponent of independent cinema, particularly during the 1980s and 1990s.[4]

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Early life

The key, I think, to Jim, is that he went gray when he was 15 ... As a result, he always felt like an immigrant in the teenage world. He's been an immigrant – a benign, fascinated foreigner – ever since. And all his films are about that.

Jarmusch was born to a family of middle-class suburbanites in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio in 1953.[4][6][7] His mother, of Irish and German descent, had been a reviewer of film and theatre for the Akron Beacon Journal before marrying his father, a businessman of Czech and German descent who worked for the B.F. Goodrich Company.[1][6][8] She introduced the future director, the middle of three children,[5] to the world of cinema by leaving him at a local cinema to watch matinee double features such as Attack of the Crab Monsters and Creature From the Black Lagoon while she ran errands.[9][10] The first adult film he recalls having seen was the 1958 cult classic Thunder Road (starring Robert Mitchum) the violence and darkness of which left an impression on the seven-year-old Jarmusch.[11] Another B-movie influence from his childhood was Ghoulardi, an eccentric Cleveland television show which featured horror films.[10]

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