Back in late 1989, when I interviewed Jim Jarmusch in his favorite neighborhood bar, the already-iconic indie filmmaker was a witty and gracious conversationalist -- but instinctively guarded when asked to interpret his movies: "[H]e might describe Down By Law as 'a children's story for adults,' or briefly describe the symbolism behind the title Mystery Train: 'It's three stories, as though they are three separate cars on a train that are all taking the same journey . . . And yet, if you're on a train with other people, and they're in another car, you've made the same journey, and yet you don't meet them, and your experience is completely different.' Even as he speaks, however, Jarmusch looks and sounds like a man who's slightly embarrassed, who fears he's made a pompous speech when he should instead let his pictures do the talking."