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Chicago – The Criterion Collection continues their pattern of releasing a few new titles on Blu-ray every month while also upgrading some of their catalog releases to the HD format. One of the latter for July is #166 in the legendary collection, Jim Jarmusch’s spectacular “Down by Law.” The film has no new special features but what was available on its initial release is pretty spectacular and the HD transfer is an expected beauty,
I love the rhythym of “Down by Law,” a film that still plays wonderfully a quarter-century after its release. Much like the music of Tom Waits, who stars in the film, the movie has an non-traditional time signature, lurching forward with a fight scene and back again with a long scene of dialogue. The unusual structure of Jarmusch’s screenwriting would become one of his signatures but I find it the freshest in his earliest material, »
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★★★★☆ Roberto Benigni's Life is Beautiful (1997) won three Oscars at the 1999 Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Benigni's performance and Best Original Score for Nicola Piovani's sumptuous soundtrack, and achieved the kind of commercial success and international visibility that Italian cinema only sporadically enjoys. Benigni himself already had some fame on the world stage having starred in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law (1986) and Night on Earth (1991), as well as a misjudged turn as Inspector Clouseau's son in the rightly forgotten Son of the Pink Panther (1993).
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2 items from 2012
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