A bewitching blend of urban noir, prison movie, poetic fable and comedy, Jim Jarmusch’s pitch-perfect third feature is a classic of American indie cinema. Jack (John Lurie) and Zack (Tom Waits) both think of themselves as the coolest dudes in New Orleans, until they’re chucked in the clink in the same cell as the irrepressibly cheery Roberto (Benigni), whose seeming naivety conceals an ingenious plan for a prison break.
Jarmusch’s sharp contrasting of the surly Waits and Lurie with Benigni’s goofy innocence results in a hilarious and, finally, surprisingly touching film, enhanced by Robby Müller’s black and white camerawork and Lurie’s fine score (performed by such New Orleans luminaries as Tony Garnier, Nana Vasconcelos, Arto Lindsay and Marc Ribot). Ultimately it’s a film that effortlessly reaffirms Roberto’s maxim that we live in a “sad an’ beautiful world”.
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Fantasy 2020 77 mins Director: Quentin Dupieux
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Comedy 2020 83 mins Director: Ryan Hooper
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Comedy 2020 97 mins Director: Piotr Domalewski
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War 1979 141 mins Director: Francis Ford Coppola
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 1973 72 mins Director: René Laloux
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Horror 2013 108 mins Director: Jonathan Glazer
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Horror 1977 101 mins Director: Dario Argento
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Directed by Jim Jarmusch
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Romance 2013 123 mins Director: Jim Jarmusch
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Drama 2019 140 mins Director: Karim Aïnouz
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Documentary 2021 81 mins Director: Sue Carpenter
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