Jim Jarmusch once said in his 5 rules of film-making, in Moviemaker, 2004 “authenticity is invaluable, originality is non-existent”. This applies to all art forms including, at the lower end of the scale, writing blogs.
Only Lovers Left Alive is his new film and it’s attracting attention because there are some serious Vampire fans out there. I like Jim Jarmusch films from Down by Law (1986) to Broken Flowers (2005). This new film is one of my favourites.
Only Lovers is humorous and tender. Yes vampires, but these vampires celebrate the otherness of life, they lead independent life styles and spurn the spotlight for a quiet life of creativity and pleasure.
What if Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve(Tilda Swinton) had survived the long centuries of Man as vampires, but they used the expanse of time to become all knowing geniuses? In fact time is not as important a dimension to them as space and entanglement. One is a musician who invisibly writes the music that has changed the world, giving it to humans or ‘Zombies’ in small gifts across the centuries. The other is a prolific reader, understands all languages, is a philosopher of all of nature and absorbs and loves the beauty of life.
Here is my brief ABC of Only Lover’s Left Alive and the trailer…I stopped at ‘D’ so as not to spoil the film, but you get the idea.