Magazine article New Internationalist

[Ghost Dog]

Magazine article New Internationalist

[Ghost Dog]

Article excerpt

There are few filmmakers today, one could genuinely call visionary. Jim Jarmusch is an exception. Ghost Dog, his latest release, glides effortlessly and originally across the screen as it focuses on desolation and loneliness in a gentle offbeat way.

Played by Forest Whitaker, the eponymous hero is a man who lives with his pigeons in a shack on the roof of an abandoned building. He is also a Mafia assassin -- obscure, anonymous and answerable only to the man who saved his life and with whom he communicates by pigeon. When the Mafia boss's daughter witnesses one of Ghost Dog's contract killings he becomes the Mafia's target and the film turns into a thriller.

Through use of a brilliant cinematic device we slowly gain access to Ghost Dog's imaginative space as excerpts from The Way of the Samurai are illuminated on the screen. …

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