Coffee and Cigarettes: Jim Jarmusch
April 21, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

In the new omnibus film from Jim Jarmusch, the director of ”Night on Earth” and ”Mystery Train,” it’s a cup of joe and cancer sticks that connect all 10 offbeat vignettes, which — filmed between 1986 and 2003 — include Bill Murray as the RZA and GZA’s waiter, the White Stripes playing with an invention called a Tesla coil, and Cate Blanchett, in a dual role, as herself plus her jealous cousin.

In one of the bits that attracted the most attention at last year’s Toronto film fest, ”Spider-Man 2”’s Alfred Molina breaks some nutty news to ”24 Hour Party People”’s Steve Coogan (both playing themselves). ”Jim wrote the skeleton, and Steve and I put the flesh on it,” says Molina. ”As we were improvising a bit, it was like he was mixing it, like in a sound studio.” The end result, at the very least, is sure to make smoking and coffee guzzling look really cool and renegade. ”But,” laughs Coogan, ”I’m not sure if that’s a good thing!”

THE GOOD NEWS It’s been almost five years since Jarmusch’s last movie, ”Ghost Dog”; we need our fix.

THE BAD NEWS It’s shot in black and white, which doesn’t usually make for smokin’ box office.

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Movie
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mpaa
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runtime
96 minutes
director
Cast
Roberto Benigni,
Alex Descas,
Meg White
Studio
United Artists (MGM)
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