The Great Cinematographer Robby Müller : PARIS TEXAS , DOWN BY LAW


ROBBY MULLER He studied at the Netherlands Film Academy from 1962 to 1964. He worked as cinematographer on a number of shorts before collaborating with Wim Wenders on his first feature, Summer in the City. They went on to make many more together such as Alice in the Cities, Kings of the Road, The American Friend, and Paris, Texas.
Müller’s other work has been on both mainstream US productions and independent films. His other work has included the hazy, yellow-tinted cinematography of William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in LA, Sally Potter’s The Tango Lesson, Dom Rotheroe’s My Brother Tom, Lars von Trier’s starkly shot films, Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark, and Jim Jarmusch‘s gritty looking films Down by Law, Mystery Train, Dead Man and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai.

DOWN BY LAW is a 1986 black-and-white independent film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, Cinematography  Robby Müller It stars Tom Waits, John Lurie, and Roberto Benigni.
The film centers on the arrest, incarceration, and escape from jail of three men. It discards jailbreak film conventions by focusing on the interaction between the convicts rather than on the mechanics of the escape. A key element in the film is Robby Müller’s slow-moving camerawork, which captures the architecture of New Orleans and the Louisiana bayou to which the cellmates escape.

PARIS , TEXAS s a 1984 drama film directed by Wim Wenders The cinematography was by Robby Müller and starring Harry Dean Stanton, Dean Stockwell, Nastassja Kinski, and Hunter Carson. The screenplay was written by L.M. Kit Carson and playwright Sam Shepard, and the distinctive musical score was composed by Ry Cooder.
The plot focuses on an amnesiac (Stanton) who, after mysteriously wandering out of the desert, attempts to revive his relationship with his brother (Stockwell) and seven-year-old son (Carson), and to track down his former wife who abandoned their family (Kinski).
The film unanimously won the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival from the official jury, as well as the FIPRESCI Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.


Down by Law (film)
Down by Law at the Internet Movie Database
The Criterion Collection



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