When fate lands three hapless men—an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie), and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni)—in a Louisiana prison, their singular adventure begins. Described by director Jim Jarmusch as a “neo-beat-noir-comedy,” Down by Law is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring fine performances and crisp black-and-white photography by esteemed cinematographer Robby Müller. —The Criterion Collection
With his trademark shock of white hair and ultra-cool rock star persona, Jim Jarmusch is the archetypal auteur of American independent film. Born on January 22, 1953, in Akron, OH, Jarmusch was the son of a former film critic for the Akron Beacon Journal. In University, he went to Paris as an exchange student and spend most of his time at the Parisian Cinemas. Upon his return to New York, Jarmusch transferred to Columbia University, where, though he eventually received a degree in English literature. With no film experience, he was accepted into New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and soon found himself a teaching assistant to legendary maverick filmmaker Nicholas Ray. Ray helped him get funding for his thesis project, Permanent Vacation (1980). Though the film was later released to critical acclaim, his professors were underwhelmed by his final project and Jarmusch never got a degree from N.Y.U.
Jarmusch’s break came with his next film; the 30-minute short eventually… read more
After not seeing Down By Law for years, I almost forgot how great it was. The way Tom Waits and John Lurie play off each other only to have Roberto Begnini added into the mix is not only great casting but great chemistry also. The low-key and minimal story along with the quiet bombardment of beautiful photography and direction leave quite possibly the coolest pile of grime I've ever seen.
"I screm-a, you scream-a, we all scream-a for ice cream-a!" Jim Jarmusch's movies are cooler than cool. The beautiful black and white cinematography, the kickass soundtrack, and the sizzling performances are just an overload of greatness. One of his best right here.
TheGoodTimesKid has a director with a famous father (Azazel Jacobs having sprung from the loins of the prodigiously fertile experimentalist
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This Movie is great classic old one! I never get bored watching it. It is a funny but still a nice film to watch. I really recommend watching it because you won’t regret it. The first 40 or so minutes… read review
I very much agree with Nate Q’s review on this. It really gets off to a slow start (With the exception of Waits’ Jockey Full of Bourbon opening the film). But once Roberto Benigni becomes part of the… read review