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Down by Law was entered into the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. It was dedicated to Pascale Ogier and Enzo Ungari.
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Whatever Tom Waits is up to—be it music or acting (Down by Law, Short Cuts)—is bound to be interesting, so we can’t wait to see him in the role of a lifetime, as the devil inThe Imaginarium of . . . Read more »
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“My girlfriend owns this, my favourite Jarmusch film. The best dialogue of them all, Tom Waits is stunning as is the whole cast. I SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM”
Down by Law (1986), directed by Jim Jarmusch; starring John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Tom Waits, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Rockets Redglare and Billie Neal. Running time: 107 mins; certificate 15.
Stuck together in a New Orleans prison, convicts Zack (Tom Waits) and Jack (John Lurie) are constantly at each other's throats. But then Roberto (Roberto Begnini), an Italian who speaks non-stop fractured English, joins them in their cell and becomes the object of their mutual disdain. Nevertheless, it is Roberto who brings the trio together long enough to organise a jailbreak. Directed by Jim Jarmusch, with music from Lurie and Waits.
Down By Law is oddly heart-warming, magnifying moments of unexpected camaraderie between kindred spirits who don't immediately ID each other as such.
Casablanca, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, has haunting songs, bittersweet emotion and excellent hats
The film centers on the arrest, incarceration, and escape from jail of three men. It discards jailbreak film conventions by focusing on the interaction between the convicts rather than on the mechanics of the escape. A key element in the film is Robby Müller's slow-moving camerawork, which captures the architecture of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou to which the cellmates escape.
The trio end up in the swamps of Louisiana bayou country, providing scenes in which you can lose yourself in the slow images and engrossing monologues, the poetry and the people.
No cell is large enough to hold these three. Lurie and Waits hate each other. But hate is nothing compared to the emotions they feel for the Italian, who commits the unpardonable sin of being cheerful and constantly pleased with himself. Eventually, the three prisoners escape, and the movie follows them through the swamps as they slog through every cliche Jarmusch can remember.
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The excitement (of Down by Law) comes from the realization that we are seeing a true film maker at work, using film to create a narrative that couldn't exist on the stage or the printed page of a novel.
Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller has given us some of the most transcendent images ever captured on-screen. Since beginning his career in the late sixties, he has lensed a wealth of indelible . . . Read more »
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It doesn't have the inspired perfection of "Stranger Than Paradise," in which every shot seemed inevitable. But it's a good movie, and the more you know about movies, the more you're likely to like it.
Pour tout dire je n'ai jamais été un immense fan du cinéma de Jim Jarmusch, et ce n'est pas "Down by Law", pourtant considéré... Lire la suite
The plot spins around three seemingly expendable misfits – a down-at-heel disc jockey (Tom Waits as Zack), a hustler pimp (John Lurie, who also did the wonderful score, as Jack) and a bemused and cheerful Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni as Bob), all of whom end up sharing a cell.
There's also a memorable scene in which the prisoners march and sing the Twenties novelty song I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream. All three have been framed (sort of), all three want to escape.
This film documents Neil Young and Crazy Horse's 1996 concert tour. Jim Jarmusch interviews the band about their long history, and we see backstage footage from the 1970s and 1980s.
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Down by Law is a delight, right down to the unexpected last scene.
The organizers of All Tomorrow Parties in New York have tapped Jim Jarmusch to be a guest curator at this year’s event. The independent music festival (which for the last couple of years has . . . Read more »
Down by Law, released in 1986, was Jim Jarmusch’s third movie. Unlike its predecessors, Permanent Vacation (1980) and Stranger Than Paradise (1984), it did not take off from a semi-documentary . . . Read more »
Down By Law (1986)
“The odd trio Lurie, Waits and Benigni have tremendous chemistry. Jarmsuch redefines the prison-escape movie genre.”
Down by Law, one of the great cult film of the Eighties, is alternately downbeat, witty, bleak and optimistic.
Down by Law is a delight, right down to the unexpected last scene.
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A young slacker wanders New York City searching for some meaning in life and encounters many idiosyncratic characters.
• Down by Law is screening at the BFI from 12-28 September and at the Filmhouse Edinburgh, Belmont Aberdeen, Curzon, Derby Quad, IFI, Dublin and then at Phoenix Leicester, QFT, Belfast, Glasgow Film Theatre and then others regionally.
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The film has a 90% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 29 reviews. A reviewer for The New York Times called it a "fable of poetic density", with "extraordinary performances" by the three main actors.
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