Jim Jarmusch on Stealing

“Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.” – Jim Jarmusch, quoted in Austin Kleon’s Steal Like An Artist

Coming across this quotation put me in mind of Jarmusch’s great film Down By Law. One of my favorite parts of the film is the opening sequence, which juxtaposes shots filmed in and around New Orleans with Tom Waits’s wonderful, sinister “Jockey Full of Bourbon” (from the album Rain Dogs), along with a couple of brief scenes introducing two of the film’s main characters, played by Waits and John Lurie.


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