Trailer of the Day: Down By Law

down by law

“Jack (John Lurie) and Zack (Tom Waits), super-cool no-hopers, meet up in a New Orleans jail. Initially at odds with one another, they are soon distracted by the arrival of Roberto (Roberto Benigni), whose Pidgin English, memories of old movies, and quotations from Robert Frost in his native Italian keep them both irritated and amused. Finally, however, it is this garrulous and eternally optimistic little man who leads the two self-appointed tough guys to freedom. What makes this film accessible is the emphasis on humor; after the initial establishment of character and atmosphere, the laughs come thick and fast, most notably from the marvelous Benigni. For all the wit and style, however, the film’s most delightful triumph is to demonstrate that ‘Ees a sad an’ beautiful world.’”—Geoff Andrew, Time Out London (107 mins.)

Assistant direction by Claire Denis.

DOWN BY LAW screens on Friday, May  3 at 7p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2p.m. in our Whitsell Auditorium (located in the Portland Art Museum).  The film is being presented as part of our Claire Denis retrospective, THE LYRICAL SPACE OF CLAIRE DENIS.

Advanced tickets are available for purchase hereSeries passes are available here for $45 (an $109 value!).

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