("Out of Rosenheim") Percy Adlon (1987)
Sand, heat, and no living soul for miles around. Regardless, this desolate Bagdad is well within California
, somewhere in the middle of nowhere in the Mojave Desert.
Above: Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs is located in the Mojave Desert.
Bagdad Cafe is the story of a coffee-shop without coffee, and of the tiny gas station and the filthy motel nearby, which gather on the edge of a decommissioned, abandoned Route 66
. Deserted. Almost deserted anyway.
This is the story of Brenda, the owner. A lively woman, authoritarian, and utterly disillusioned. She just ditched her lazy partner when, out of the blue, this stout, classy German woman, appears walking in the burning desert.
Above: Abandoned Motel in Newberry Springs, California.
They have absolutely nothing in common. However, they will learn to respect each other and the mysterious Jasmin Münchgstettner will gradually organize her live around this hamlet, a crossroad welcoming backpackers, artists, misfits, jugglers and characters of all walks of life.
Above: Newberry Springs, California. Bagdad Cafe. Set for the homonymous film, the coffee is always open along Route 66, isolated in the middle of the Californian desert, a few miles off the small town of Newberry Springs.
The film is deliciously lulled by the haunting voice of Jevetta Steele performing "Calling You", a composition by Bob Telson nominated for the Oscars in 1989.
Bagdad Cafe, DVD, 1988
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(Out of Rosenheim) Percy Adlon (1987)
In the California desert, the small Bagdad Cafe, its gas station
and filthy motel, welcome backpackers, lost souls, truckers, and all sorts of characters. One day, a big German woman arrives out of the blue. The opposite of Brenda, the authoritarian owner. Or so it seems...
Marianne Sägebrecht, CCH Pounder, Jack Palance
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Surprisingly enough, Bagdad Cafe is a German movie. The American version lasts 95 minutes while the German one totals 108 minutes.
"Bagdad Cafe" on Route 66
The "Bagdad Cafe" used as a setting is just a few miles away from a place called Bagdad - a ghost town
- in Newberry Springs, California, on the edge of Route 66. It is always open and offers classic and simple restoration around the clock. The actual Rudi Cox's trailer (played by the excellent Jack Palance) is always parked at the rear of the building.
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