DOWN BY LAW
1986, Janus Films, 107 min, USA/West Germany, Dir: Jim Jarmusch

Director Jim Jarmusch followed up his brilliant breakout film STRANGER THAN PARADISE with another, equally beloved portrait of loners and misfits in the American landscape. When fate brings together three hapless men - an unemployed disc jockey (Tom Waits), a small-time pimp (John Lurie) and a strong-willed Italian tourist (Roberto Benigni) - in a Louisiana prison, a singular adventure ensues. Described by Jarmusch as a “neo-Beat noir comedy,” DOWN BY LAW is part nightmare and part fairy tale, featuring sterling performances and crisp black-and-white cinematography by the esteemed Robby Müller.


STRANGER THAN PARADISE
1984, Janus Films, 89 min, USA, Dir: Jim Jarmusch

This deadpan comedy became one of the most influential films of the 1980s, "casting a wide shadow over the new generation of independent American filmmakers to come. ... Its style is minimalism itself, but the post-beatnik cool of John Lurie, Richard Edson and Eszter Balint somehow betrays the fact that they care about each other, and a loopy charm and subtle but potent humor seep through the film's stark black-and-white images.” - Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


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