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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.
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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…
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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.
So I had actually started watching this a couple weeks ago but the first 30 mins were giving me nothing. I figured I would pick it up again a day when I was more in the mood for a slow burn.
The good news is it definitely improves once the whole crew gets together. I wouldn't say it "picks up" but it certainly gets more entertaining. The addition of Roberto is really what makes it for me.
Ultimately though I came for Robby Müller and got what I wanted and more so I can't say I am disappointed.
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.
Reviewing Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive a couple months ago, I noted that its scenario had "contours familiar from as far back as Stranger Than Paradise... [with] only a few real 'events' to speak of." Now here I am thinking about Down by Law, which Jarmusch made almost three decades ago, and I realize that its structure is nearly identical. It's divided into three discrete acts, beginning in noirish New Orleans by night, then moving to its trio's stretch in the same drab jail cell, and ending with them free again among the bayous, forests, and back roads of rural Louisiana. In terms of plot, the film has roughly two junctures: the characters are imprisoned, and later they escape. (I…
jim jarmusch liked one of my instagram posts so i guess that's my peak. WHAT A RIDE
Not sure I even knew who Tom Waits was when I saw this on video or cable shortly after its initial release, whereas this time "Jockey Full of Bourbon" came on over the opening credits and I was all FUCK YEAH! Amazingly lengthy setup is arguably the highlight, perhaps because it admits more of the world; once the boys are thrown together in their prison cell, the group dynamic never really changes, and Benigni's effervescence (are you Life Is Beautiful haters still allowed to enjoy this performance?) can only goose it so much. In particular, I wanted more of Lurie's hooker, lying there casually naked and concluding a bored harangue with the observation "if you was a good pimp,…
A bunch of cool cats
john lurie was dangerously hot
The cinema-fucking-tography mannn jesus fucking Christ. And Bob’s rabbit scene holy shit. This film made me smile way more than I anticipated.
I fucking love Tom Waits. And Jim Jarmusch. And this movie. Wow!
puta q cague de risa
No se que decir me hizo feliz mirenla
Algunas cosas me conflictuaron un poco pero bue, aprobadisima igual.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Three separate people go to jail. An Italian (Roberto Benigni), and two separate Americans (John Lurie, Tom Waits). As the Italian guy is around, they are all together for a while. But when the Italian guy suddenly falls in love with a girl and can't continue the journey with them, well, the two Americans leave each other too!
Hilarious and beautiful. Bob playing off two of the coolest straight men, one of those being the Tom Waits, is way too perfect.
Another great Jarmusch movie. Roberto Benigni is amazing in this.
I really don’t know what to say other than that I love Bob with every fiber of my being.
Such great chemistry between these three fellas, and shot quite beautifully too. Any scene with all of them together I had a big dumb stupid grin the entire time.
Yeah it’s a bit slow to start, but I understand why. Wasn’t expecting to have so much fun with this one but dammit it’s another classic.
Here I am diving deeper into the filmography of the amazing Jim Jarmusch. I have to say man, he’s incredible. Jarmusch has practically become one of my favourite directors, there is just something about his style which makes me love his films so damn much.
Being one of the pioneers of independent filmmaking in the 1980s, Jarmusch cares little for plot or crafting a message for his audience and much more about drawing up scenarios for his characters that reveal nuances of the human condition.
Down by Law features three men in New Orleans who are guilty of their crimes though wrongfully imprisoned. Zack (Tom Waits) is a radio DJ who — after being thrown out by…
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