“You William Blake?”

Dead Man - the Jim Jarmusch movie starring Johnny Depp

“Yes, I am. Do you know my poetry?”

The Dead Man Fanlisting

Welcome to the fanlisting for the beautiful, compelling and daring black-&-white avant-garde western, Dead Man (1995), directed by Jim Jarmusch and starring Johnny Depp.

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The listing was opened on January 2nd, 2009 and it was last updated on July 23rd, 2015. The movie has 8 fans from 6 countries (+ 0 waiting to be added).


Dead Man is the story of a young man's journey, both physically and spiritually, into very unfamiliar terrain. William Blake (Johnny Depp) travels to the extreme western frontiers of America sometime in the second half of the 19th century. Lost and badly wounded, he encounters a very odd, outcast Native American, named Nobody (Gary Farmer), who believes Blake is actually the dead English poet of the same name.

The story, with Nobody's help, leads William Blake through situations that are in turn comical and violent. Contrary to his nature, circumstances transform Blake into a hunted outlaw, a killer, and a man whose physical existence is slowly slipping away. Thrown into a world that is cruel and chaotic, his eyes are opened to the fragility that defines the realm of the living. It is as though he passes through the surface of a mirror, and emerges into a previously-unknown world that exists on the other side. More info on the film can be found at IMDb.

William Blake's poetry

William Blake (November 28th, 1757 — August 12th, 1827) was an English poet, painter, and printmaker. During his lifetime, and for half a century afterwards, his work was largely disregarded or even derided as the work of a madman. Today Blake's work is considered seminal in the history of both poetry and the visual arts of the Romantic Age. Blake's prophetic poetry is often considered to be the writings of extraordinary originality and genius. To learn more, visit Wikipedia.

Here are a few quotes from his work. The first five of them are featured in the film.

“Drag your wagon and plow over the bones of the dead.”

“The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn from the crow.”

“Things which are alike, in nature, grow to look alike.”

“Some are born to sweet delight; some are born to endless night.”

“The vision of Christ that thou does see, is my vision's greatest enemy.”

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is: infinite.”

“No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.”

“Expect poison from standing water.”

“You never know what is enough until you know what is more than enough.”

“Improvement makes straight roads, but the crooked roads without Improvement, are roads of Genius.”

“He whose face gives no light, shall never become a star.”

“The roaring of lions, the howling of wolves, the raging of the stormy sea and the destructive sword, are portions of eternity too great for the eye of man.”

“The fox condemns the trap, not himself.”

“What is now proved was once only imagin'd.”