The ideal film in Kallipolis is one that is representative of our wide ranging tastes and experiences. It needs to speak to us on an aesthetic, ethical, and spiritual level. In other words, eclecticism is key. A surefire way to get the staff to turn their heads is by bringing together Italian American mobsters, Japanese philosophy, homages to the Criterion Collection classics Le Samouraï and Branded to Kill, and the music of the RZA from the Wu-Tang Clan into one cohesive cinematic experience. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, did exactly that at the turn of the new millennium.
Jarmusch famously urged creative people in 2005 to devour anything they could get their hands, eyes, and ears on: old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. He said to select from those items of inspiration the aspects that speak directly to the soul. The advice is simple: “steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination...if you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic.” This artistic approach oozes through the visual and sonic discourse of Ghost Dog. Throughout the film, there are moments where the cinephile and the audiophile will beam at the zeniths of cultural interaction. One can imagine Jim Jarmusch smiling as well as his favourite aspects of culture come out to play together not simply as an exercise in pastiche but as a meaningful work of art. A film recommended by Kallipolitan audiences for those curators of human experience.