After it got finished I searched the web to see where I can watch it from the beginning and found on YouTube, in a foreign language though, but the one I speak. I recommend watching Bagdad Cafe for the excellent performances of each actor in movie. The memorable performances will keep you involved, even if the first 30 minutes have you wondering what and why you are watching, but hang in there. Palance did a very nice turn as the eccentric painter and Apensanahkwat was great in a small role as Sheriff Arnie. I started watching this movie on television half way through and was immediately captivated. She stops at the Bagdad Cafe, a fleapit truckstop run by outspoken C.
Jasmin, heavyset, tight-laced, and impeccably hair-sprayed, rents herself a room at the hotel beside the Bagdad Cafe. The cafe looks much the same as it did in the film and you can sit at the table right by the door where Jasmine used to sit and have her coffee. I would love to visit this film over and over again to see if I missed anything because of the detail but also the heartfelt story and characters warrant an invitation to watch again. The owner Brenda has a son who plays classic piano that no one cares to hear until this woman, who later performs magic, comes along. Adlon makes good use of light and climate.
Sägebrecht unfolds her character's layers with skill and ease. The magic of Love will appear anywhere -even in the middle of the desert- as long as you have an open heart and mind. The film I'd set out to see was sold out so, having schlepped into London, I reluctantly settled for something I'd never heard of showing on another screen. An unknown and enjoyable gem. I watched this because C. Her atypical behavior catches the attention of the motel- occupants, Brenda's son, a gifted pianist and her daughter who's delighted to see the monotony of the motel being broken for once, truck drivers, a tattoo-artist and a set- painter played by Jack Palance. This movie has enough quirkiness to satisfy a David Lynch fan, but it is ultimately sweet without being saccharine.
Inventive use of distorted colors and changing camera speeds. The use of the boomerang was interesting: a metaphor for what you give, you get back, and the joy of giving and receiving. A radiant, oddball comedy-drama about the relationship. Although Jasmin is dismayed by these desert peoples' low standards of cleanliness and presentation, their relaxed demeanors and easy ways begin to grow on her as she gets to know them. One person commented below that they wished Bagdad Cafe really existed. When Jasmin discovers in her husband's suitcase a kit about learning magic, she begins to practice the different tricks that she shows the others in the cafe. See it again the next year; it's astonishing again.
Turns out the vision is real-- you can see it yourself, just outside Barstow. Elle résume et évoque parfaitement l'atmosphère atypique de ce film magique. No need to backstory again, the husband is fed up with his woman's tantrums and leaves her alone. The visuals are beautiful, very detailed and symbolic. More than any other film I have seen it cannot really be explained in words.
Her Brenda is at the beginning harsh, curt and just plain nasty because the way life has treated her. After a few minutes into the film my mood changed as I became immersed into this strange tale of a harassed owner of a cafe in the middle of nowhere and a tourist from Germany. A film that with all it's simplicity and beauty catches you and never leaves you. But, I stayed with it and by the end, was so taken by the characters and locale of this film that I immediately added it to my library and have watched it at least once a year ever since. The use of amber lens, the constant background howl of the wind and the ethereal theme song lend themselves very nicely to the overall mood of the film. This image, one of the most iconic from the 80's, show two women who had more things in common than they thought, two women who met at the most difficult time of their life, show a friendship that finally blossomed over distrust and misunderstanding, and two persons that could finally take a new more optimistic path for their life.
Her appearance raises the eyebrows of the owner, whose husband just left her, as well as some of the permanent residents of the Cafe. It's utterly charming and I only got distressed again when I realised it was about to end! The rest of the cast perform well. And the most dramatic thing is that he would be right, because our ambitions in film-making became so high that we don't realize, they're reversely low. She rolls up her sleeves and cleans the place. She has a suitcase of men's clothes and no car. And bingo, Jasmin finally snaps, she takes her luggage and walks away from the car.
Then it's gone and I felt great. Likewise, Pounder too demonstrates her talent as the chaotic and verbally aggressive mother who's trying to keep it together. I am calling you -------------------------------------------- Une route du désert allant de Vegas à nulle part Une endroit meilleur que ceux où tu as été Une cafetière qu'il faudrait réparer Dans un petit café au détour de la route. Je t'appelle Ne m'entends-tu pas? They have a fight outside the Bagdad Cafe, which is run by a tough African-American woman named Brenda who has just had a fight with her own husband as well. The title song will stay with you a long, long time.