Great Watch - You'll Enjoy This!,
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This review is from: Down By Law [DVD] (DVD)
This delightful low budget, indie film, was made in 1986, but remains so watchable. Firstly, the cinematography is strikingly different and the black and white film is crisp, clear and looks wonderfully natural.
It is full of downbeat emotions and scenarios but still quirky and funny and somehow uplifting.
The opening scenes of the architecture of the down town New Orleans buildings are very eye-catching as is the stark, minimalist cells at the prison. The griminess of the bayou swamps would of course have looked better in colour, but perhaps it adds to its dankness?
The comedy is provided by Roberto Begnigni (Roberto) but the dead pan responses from his two other escapees blend in perfectly.
The prison scene is caught perfectly when the chirpy Roberto draws a window on the cell wall. He asks his cell mate, excitedly, in his broken English, "Do you say in English, looking through the window or looking out of the window?
His cell mate only too aware of what their predicament is and that there's unfortunately no window to look out of, dryly says in an uninterested and deadpan fashion, " I think that's looking at the window!"
This is typical of the dry / black humour of the film. There's a wonderful scene at the end, in a little café which is in the middle of nowhere, when the effervescent Roberto falls instantly in love with the lovely looking café owner. He has this very sexy and exhibitionist dance with her whilst his two mates look on a bit bewildered and embarrassed - great scene, among many. An excellent film; I really enjoyed it.