Buffalo '66

Vincent Gallo (US, 1998, 110 min.)

Billy (Vincent Gallo) returns to Buffalo after five years in prison to track down and kill the Buffalo Bills placekicker whose Super Bowl gaffe made Billy lose a $10,000 bet he couldn't cover and subsequently head to jail to repay his bookie. He meets Layla (Christina Ricci) on his way home and kidnaps her, forcing her to play his wife when he returns home to his parents, unforgettably played by Anjelica Huston and Ben Gazzara.

In one of the least pleasant but most entertaining cinematic appearances of a photobooth, Billy takes Layla into a color booth at the bowling alley where they've been bowling. We see the entire three-minute scene from inside the photobooth, the frame cropped so we can see what the final photo might look like. One of the shots from this sequence was eventually used for the poster to the film and the packaging for the video and dvd versions of the film, as well.

Billy tells Layla he wants to simply take some photos of the two of them for his parents, nothing fancy, nothing special. Layla makes the typical photobooth funny faces and rabbit ears in their first attempt, and Billy yells at her for not being serious enough. On the second attempt, she's doing well until she kisses him on the fourth photo. Billy switches the background to blue to do the photos over again, and he finally gets a set he's satisfied with. Off to Denny's.

Contributed by Brian

Billy leads Layla into the photo booth.
Billy inserts the money and explains what kind of pictures he wants.
Layla enjoys the moment and makes a face.
"You just made me waste two dollars!" Billy gets up and berates Layla.
"These photos are us in love, spanning time." Billy puts in another two dollars.
The flash goes off and Layla plays along for three pictures.
But on the fourth, her idea of being part of a "loving couple" makes her go too far.
"Don't touch me!" Billy gets up and yells at Layla again. "Let's look like we like like each other, and span time, and do not touch me."
Billy changes the background - "This is the blue period" - and Layla finally does something to his liking.
Six dollars down, they leave the booth and head to Denny's.
Update: September 7, 2004 As I flipped through a random copy of Premiere magazine (July 1998) last week, I came across a photo from this "bleak, comically surreal romance" previewed in that issue. The image doesn't seem to come from the film itself, but perhaps from a scene that was edited out of the film.