See this film: Down By Law @ the Coolidge

It's hard to believe, after Life Is Beautiful and all the other the unwatchable films he has made since that inexplicable Oscar winner, but Roberto Benigni used to be a funny guy. At least, he is in Jim Jarmusch's Down by Law (1986), where he, Tom Waits, and John Lurie play a trio of prison mates who escape and torment themselves as they slog through the Louisiana bayous in a hilarious search for some kind of redemption. Undoubtedly, Benigni's onscreen comedy highpoint came in the scene where he's chanting, "I scream / You scream / We all scream / For ice cream!"

Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline :: Monday, March 4 @ 7 pm :: $10 :: 617.734.2501 or

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