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Down By Law

Must-See Cinema! Jarmusch’s deadpan comic delight!

Poster for the deadpan comedy Down By LawWith its hypnotic score, stupendous performances and superb monochrome cinematography, Jim Jarmusch’s deadpan comedy Down By Law is something to set alongside early work by David Lynch and Spike Lee.

Effortlessly laidback and superbly elegant, Down By Law stars Tom Waits as Zack, an unemployed DJ set up for a crime he didn’t commit. He finds himself in a grim Louisiana prison cell with a sleazy pimp called Jack (excellently played by John Lurie) and an eccentric Italian, Roberto.  This was the film that launched Roberto Benigni on an unsuspecting world, and he is tremendous here, his simple presence lending surreality to the situation. Down By Law deserves its reputation for cinematic cool.

– Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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