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Film and TV Studies Discussion List <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 10 Nov 1994 20:24:26 CST
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One interracial couple that might warrant consideration is the taxi driver
and his blind fare in the Paris segment of Jim Jarmusch's "Night on Earth."
 These two are involved with each other for only a short time, but he is
obviously interested in her from a variety of standpoints.  The irony is
that, after having been put down by the two African diplomats who mock him
for being from Cote d'Ivoire (he leaves them stranded), he can't get any
respect from the blind girl either.  Is race an issue here?  Always with
Jarmusch, but in contexts which emphasize our common humanity and the ironies
generated by racial (and other) stereotypes.  The blind girl is navigating
her way around the city quite well.  The befuddled taxi driver crashes
moments after letting her off.  And so it goes.
Dan Gribbin                 [log in to unmask]
Ferrum College
Ferrum, VA 24088