Today at The Clinton: Saturday, May 28

7:00pm Teen Witch

Jim Jarmusch Festival: DOWN BY LAW

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Here's an opportunity to take a small journey into the filmmaking of Jim Jarmusch. 

NIGHT ON EARTH January 7th

DOWN BY LAW January 14th


DEAD MAN January 28th

From an interview published in The Guardian written by Xan Brooks:

...As a film-maker, Jarmusch likes to make movies about the world’s little details; about drifters and seekers and the rambling detours that add up to a life. 

...Jarmusch is a pop-culture sponge. He soaks up pretty much everything and likes to quote Joe Strummer’s old motto: “No input, no output.” His films are made up of secondhand odds and sods, twisted to fit his own sensibility, possibly his own image. 

...At their best, his pictures are ruminative and poetic all-American stories that move with the unhurried pace of Asian arthouse cinema, or postcards from obscure places, complete with doodled footnotes.

Jim Jarmusch Festival: DOWN BY LAW



Mutual irritation merges into grudging friendship, and the wit manages to be both broad and smart, soulful and silly, subtle and raucous, all at the same time.

Emma Johnston, Total Film

Perhaps it's not what you expect from a prison movie, but Jim Jarmusch has always adhered to his own personal vision.

Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis

Down By Law is oddly heart-warming, magnifying moments of unexpected camaraderie between kindred spirits who don't immediately ID each other as such.

Vadim Rizov, Little White Lies


down by law movie poster
Jim Jarmusch
United States
107 minutes

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.

Special Admission

$5-8 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds.