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Filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is More Interested in Character than Plot.

Film director Jim Jarmusch. After his first feature, "Permanent Vacation," gained a cult as well as a critical following in Europe, Jarmusch made "Stranger Than Paradise," which won the Camera d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Jarmusch's third feature was "Down By Law." His new film is called "Mystery Train." It's set in a seedy hotel in Memphis, Tennessee and tells the story of two young Japanese tourists.

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Other segments from the episode on December 20, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, December 20, 1989: Interview with Jim Jarmusch; Review of Ursula Oppens' album "Ursula Oppens Plays American Piano Music of Our Time; Interview with Howard Blumenthal;…

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