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Black-and-white Western 'Dead Man' to screen

RELEASED: April 8, 2010

poster for Dead ManEAU CLAIRE — "Dead Man" (1995), a moody black-and-white Western written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, will be presented April 22-25 at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate will present the film at 6 and 8:30 p.m. in Davies Theatre.

Accountant William Blake (Johnny Depp) travels across the Old West to get to the frontier town of Machine, where a job has been promised him. Instead, he is cast out into the muddy streets and injured in a shooting that leaves two people dead. A hunted man, he fights his way through the menacing wilderness, cared for by a benevolent Indian (Gary Farmer) who helps him prepare for his next journey.

"Jarmusch has said that the film's odd, generally slow rhythm — hypnotic if you're captivated by it, as I am, and probably unendurable if you're not — was influenced by classical Japanese period movies by Kenji Mizoguchi and Akira Kurosawa," wrote critic Jonathan Rosenbaum, who coined the term "Acid Western" for this genre in reviewing the film.

The cast includes Lance Henriksen, John Hurt, Robert Mitchum, Iggy Pop and Gabriel Byrne; Neil Young created the score. The 121-minute film is rated R for moments of strong violence, a graphic sex scene and some language.

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or International Film Society membership. Community members who wish to attend campus films must purchase an annual IFS membership at the Service Center (715-836-3727) in Davies Center's east lobby. An individual membership costs $4; a family membership costs $10.

More information about the campus film series is available online and at the Activities and Programs office, Davies Center 133.

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JS/DW

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