Shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond as a modern re-imagining of early silent film, LOUIS is an homage to Louis Armstrong, Charlie Chaplin, beautiful women and the birth of American music. The grand Storyville bordellos, alleys and cemeteries of 1907 New Orleans provide a backdrop of lust, blood and magic for 6 year old Louis (Anthony Coleman) as he navigates the colorful intricacies of life in the city. Young Louis's dreams of playing the trumpet are interrupted by a chance meeting with a beautiful and vulnerable girl named Grace (Lowry) and her baby, Jasmine. Haley, in a performance reminiscent of the great comic stars of the silent screen, plays the evil Judge Perry who is determined not to let Jasmine's true heritage derail his candidacy for governor.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
With a pace and cinematic language openly inspired by Charlie Chaplin, it's as much a riff on silent movies as it is a coming-of-age tale with a whiff of political farce.Nate Chinen, New York Times, 09.01.2010
Though commendably attentive to Chaplin-esque pantomime on the part of lead villain Jackie Earle Haley, this cinematic anomaly falls flat as a stand-alone.Ronnie Scheib, Variety, 08.25.2010
Louis may superficially resemble movies of a bygone age, but it lacks their essence: masterful effortlessness.Tim Grierson, Village Voice, 08.24.2010
Louis is in every way a tribute to regressive nostalgia.Andrew Schenker, Slant Magazine, 08.22.2010