Film of the Week: Only Lovers Left Alive

Vampires have always had a certain allure- they’re immortal, they’re dangerous, and they’re sexy. What’s not to like? If I’d been around since the middle ages I’d probably have a pretty cool look as well. Brains, beauty, and a killer appetite? Count me in.

Directed and written by Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive is by far the most thoughtful vampire film I’ve ever seen. I like vampires, and like other vampire fans I will insist that I liked them back in the Anne Rice days, pre Twilight (even though I’m so bummed to say I read them all. I can’t believe I’m putting that in writing). However, most vampire films, in my opinion, ask all the wrong questions. What was the enlightenment like? Did you know anyone famous? What was Tesla’s wireless electricity all about? What’s your opinion on the human race? Etc… I mean, they’re IMMORTAL for god’s sake, ask them something interesting!! They are a walking history book! Their views on life, considering they don’t fear death, now that is worth having a conversation about. Only Lovers Left Alive is a quiet, beautiful, and thoughtful film that broaches a lot of these questions. At the heart of it all, it’s an immortal love story. Not to mention the costumes are amazing. The wigs especially, made from human and yak hair, are to die for.

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Check out this NY mag interview with the costume designer Bina Daigeler. And this interview with Jarmusch and Swinton.

 

(Images via my Pinterest)

 

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One thought on “Film of the Week: Only Lovers Left Alive

  1. Pingback: Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)… Vampires, again! | FYC: 365 reviews to remember you by

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