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Bagdad Cafe - Newberry Springs, California

Bagdad Cafe, Newberry Springs CA

Bagdad Cafe
("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.

Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs CA

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.

Abandoned Motel in Newberry Springs CA

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.

Bagdad Cafe on Route 66

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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