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TITLE: NIGHT ON EARTH

WRITER AND DIRECTOR: JIM JARMUSCH

THE BOTTOM LINE: Five taxis, five drivers, five fares, five cities, five stories, most of them going nowhere -- slowly.

JIM JARMUSCH IS SHRINKING. ALready a miniaturist in his Stranger Than Paradise (1984), this vaunted U.S. independent director now aspires to make shorts. Mystery Train (1989) was three anecdotes in search of narrative baling wire. His new Night on Earth splits its time five ways: taxi drivers pick up fares in Los Angeles, New York City, Paris, Rome, Helsinki. A little biography, a vagrant communion through the rearview mirror, then on to...

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