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A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.
A disc jockey, a pimp and an Italian tourist escape from jail in New Orleans.
Down by Law - Alles im Griff, Вне закона, Daunbailò, Down by Law - Sous le coup de la loi, 다운 바이 로
Let me make it clear for the second time this week: I love Jim Jarmusch. This is easily his best shot film (that I’ve seen.) That shot of them watching the boat? Gorgeous. I also love Bob. But more importantly I love Jim Jarmusch. I’ll never be this cool.
Tom Waits should be in every film.
Down by Law follows three men, each from their own movie. Zack (Tom Waits) is from a movie about the blues. Jack (John Lurie) is from a noirish gangster film. Bob (Roberto Begnini) is from an unseen European film, but we can probably guess it is a comedy. Together they end it up in the archetypal American prison film, and here is where all the magic happens.
After the success of Stranger Than Paradise, Jarmusch returned with this even more polished and upbeat film. While it doesn't have that film's attention to lack of detail, this one is far more funny and infectious in energy. The humor is still very deadpan, but…
The Good: If I had to come up with a list of my all-time favorite cinematic characters, Zack (Tom Waits), Jack (John Lurie), and Bob (Roberto Benigni) would be in it. Especially Bob. I love Bob. Who doesn't love Bob? I fucking love Bob. Benigni is a freaking riot in this. Every single line he utters is pure comedic gold. Excellent writing and direction by Jim Jarmusch. Impeccable black-and-white cinematography by Robby Müller (Paris, Texas). Awesome, awesome soundtrack, featuring 'Jockey Full of Bourbon' and 'Tango Till They're Sore' by Waits. A treasure trove of memorable scenes and quotes: "It is a sad and beautiful world."; "Not enough room to swing a cat. Cat. The animal."; "Jack! Do you have some…
i scream you scream we all scream for ice cream
Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, Down by Law develops excitement from its usage of cinematic language. Starring Tom Waits (as a jobless disc jockey), the movie accomplishes a wonderful task of discovering humour within the smaller elements from everyday life rather than visual or verbal comedy. Robby Müller’s luxurious black-and-white cinematography progresses a fairly unstructured scenario into something undeniably fascinating, and his positioning of the camera facilitates both the actions and reactions of the characters beautifully. Down by Law rides a narrow line between amateur technique and professional brilliance, and is an extraordinary poetic fable.
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The humor was a tad too dry for my taste, but the story had enough unique turns to keep me invested. I can definitely see why lots of people on Letterboxd are enthusiastic about Jim Jarmusch. He knows how to make minimalism enthralling, and he sure does love to use character actors. Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni interact with each other very well. It's got it's humorous moments, but it wasn't as funny as I was expecting it to be.
A little slow to get going but when the time came, I didn’t want this odyssey to end at all. When the end unfortunately came, I was left speechless and with a heavy heart.
Everything about Down By Law is superb. The performances, the direction, the staging and the gorgeous cinematography. You name it, it all works. The strange friendship that evolves between these men feels so real and tangible. There’s this unspoken respect and brotherhood amongst them that really got to me.
I absolutely loved this film and now instantly want to buy the criterion lol. Definitely a new favourite.
Part of my effort to watch some of Todd Gaines's favorite movies because he seems like a cool guy.
I've got a problem. I just finished this movie and I have no idea how to rate it. I can plug it into my Story Rater but everything I have to compare to is so different it feels like apples and oranges. I mean, at its bare bones it's just a low budget movie about three guys, and I certainly couldn't tell you what's "underneath" the story (what it "means"), but there's something so unique and wonderful about it.
I've never seen a Jim Jarmusch film before, are all of his movies like this? I intend to find out, but for…
This is exactly the sort of cinema that I find so comforting. It's not really anything, just a mixture of cinematic influences and ideas presented with an emphasis on mood and technique. The cinematography, black and white and slow, is beautiful and elegant. There's parts that didn't work for me, and it seems too meaningless (for both the characters and the audience), but Down by Law is an unresolved, laidback gem. Very easy viewing.
jim jarmusch liked one of my instagram posts so i guess that's my peak. WHAT A RIDE
Three men, previously unknown to each other, are arrested in New Orleans and placed in the same cell. Two of them have been set up, neither having committed the crime for which they have been arrested, while the other one, an Italian tourist who understands minimal English, was imprisoned for accidental manslaughter. The trio eventually try to escape prison together.
Mind you, this is not a prison break film. Instead of focusing on how they escaped, the story concentrates more on the bond between the convicts. It's a fun and decent black-and-white situational comedy from Jim Jarmusch. Plus, Roberto Benigni was delightful here in his first international role.
Great example of how a film can just have three actors stuck in one room, a prison cell, not really saying or doing anything meaningful (in a conventional Hollywood sense), yet through the actors' charisma and the beautiful photography (God-tier DP Robby Müller), powerful vibes are achieved. Really great.
Don’t you just love when you walk through the woods and find a small Italian restaurant run by a beautiful woman and you instantly fall in love?
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Such a strange comfort in the pasiveness and watchfulness Jarmusch puts in all his characters, mixed with his peculiar style. Protect Roberto Benigni at all costs.
tom waits and roberto benigni both sharing the screen is a must see
despite being set in New Orleans this film does not have NEARLY enough alligators to be good.
- 5 too few gator
+2.5 tom waits being his stinky junkyard glue sniffer self
Really loved this, it started out okay and just gradually got better and better till by the end I had fallen for it, topping it off with my favourite Tom Waits song as the outro - chef's kiss
Benigni is a great actor and he's great here, personal fave scene was his: talking about his mother teaching him to make rabbit with garlic when he's roasting a wild one, also loved the "ice cream!" scene.
Probs not for everyone but this tickled me a lot with a combination of weird italian shit, prison break, and tom waits
I love films that tell a story about escapism, and this a story about three guys that escaped from prison and try to survive their way out. And it also stars the great Italian actor Roberto Benigni. So yes, I was very looking forward to seeing this film. What I can tell you immediately is that this is not a film for everyone. This film tells a simple but great story in a very easy and slow way. First, we see why everyone lands in jail, and after that, the escaping part starts to begin. And I will say when that I became more invested when they all were in jail. You then feel that something is going to happen.…
Still so funny and charming and the chemistry between these dudes is great. This movie gets better as it progresses so it’s a really enjoyable watch
story time... my great aunt Zia Alessandra was so stylish and an air stewardess for alitalia in the 60s (yes that means she wore the iconic uniforms pucci designed) and she was a little socialite and had a fling w robert benigni and would bring him around my grandmothers (her sisters) restaurant in rome and introduced my mother (then a child) to him ♥︎♥︎♥︎ every time i see a movie w him I think of my stunning great aunt 🌼
...also lol this story could be replaced w a bunch of actors but my mom won’t tell me who else
Hat sich überlebt. Prätentiös, langsam, aber schöne Bilder, auch von New Orleans, und atmosphärische Musik.
Not my favorite Jarmusch but very enjoyable and engaging.
I do think there are some beautiful shots and the narrative symmetry is just delightful
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