Down By Law:

Early Jarmusch in the Noble Theater

Sunday, March 14 | 3 pm

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“Director Jim Jarmusch re-teamed with John Lurie after the breakthrough success of Stranger than Paradise for this pitch-perfect Louisiana-set comic odyssey, shot in stunning black-and-white by Robby Muller. Three rebellious deadbeats–a prickly, gravel-voiced radio DJ (Tom Waits), a laconic, idealistic would-be pimp (Lurie), and a gregarious Italian expat armed with a handbook of English idioms (Roberto Benigni)–form an unlikely alliance when they land in the same New Orleans jail cell. Aside from featuring two of Jarmusch’s finest musical set-pieces–a daybreak crawl through the streets of New Orleans to the strains of Waits’s “Jockey Full of Bourbon,” and a knockout last-act dance set to Irma Thomas’s “It’s Raining”–Down by Law is an endlessly quotable character-driven comedy, a peerless study of male friendship, and a love letter to the bayous and back alleys of Louisiana. Benigni’s character delivers the film’s motto, which could be the refrain of Jarmusch’s entire body of work: “It’s a sad and beautiful world.” – Film at Lincoln Center

Screening as part of Museum Films’ series, On the Road: The Early Films of Jim Jarmusch

Director Jim Jarmusch | 1986 | In English and Italian and French with English subtitles | 107 min | R | DCP

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