So I noticed that the Criterion Collection, among a plethora of gems to be released this summer (Red Shoes!!! Stagecoach!!!! Black Narcissus!!!) is releasing Mystery Train, Jim Jarmusch’s wonderful paean to Memphis and early Rock’n’Roll and so much more. Short clip here…..
Criterion explains it well-
“Aloof teenage Japanese tourists, a frazzled Italian widow, and a disgruntled British immigrant all converge in the city of dreams—which, in Mystery Train, from Jim Jarmusch, is Memphis. Made with its director’s customary precision and wit, this triptych of stories pays playful tribute to the home of Stax Records, Sun Studio, Graceland, Carl Perkins, and, of course, the King, who presides over the film like a spirit. Mystery Train is one of Jarmusch’s very best movies, a boozy and beautiful pilgrimage to an iconic American ghost town and a paean to the music it gave the world.”
(Wait a feckin’ minute paean is my word……)
Anyway that prompted two things- that I still miss Joe Strummer, eight years gone this year, and that somewhere recently I found out that the ghostly Elvis of the movie was actually played by Paula Jones’ husband– yeah that Paula Jones, the lady who was au fait with another legendary Elvis impersonator, Bill Clinton and his little Elvis. Did I Dream that?