Beginning at sunset in Los Angeles and ending at dawn in Helsinki, the film follows the parallel narratives of five cabbies and their fares in five cities (and in four languages) as they ride around in cabs and talk. But, oh, how they talk: The films most memorable scene has Italian director Roberto Benigni (an early Jarmusch regular) confessing his, ahem, unusual sins to his passenger, a hapless priest with a heart condition. But what really unites the film are the same themes that unite Jarmuschs prodigious catalogue: urban landscapes, lives in transit, alienation, rootlessness and the beautiful intensity of sudden connection. Plus, of course, the pitch-perfect, crazy-carnival-ride score by Tom Waits.
The Ubisububi Room at the Thin Man, 2015 East 17th Avenue, will show Night on Earth at 8 p.m. tonight as part of its Eight Nights With Jim Jarmusch series. As always, these Wednesday night films are free. For more information, go to www.thinmantavern.com or call 303-320-7814.
Wed., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., 2011