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He remarks, “I do wish I had met Adam before I wrote Hamlet.”  Eve is always after Marlowe to let a bit of the truth emerge in the zombie world, just so that they can be entertained by the certain chaos it would cause.

In the world of this film, the vampires refer to humans as “zombies.” There are amusing details about them as individuals: Adam is a musician who gave some of his music to Schubert “just to get it out there.”  He hung out with Shelley and Byron, and was present at Diodati where they all “got high and told stories…vampire stories.”  He describes Byron as an “arrogant ass”, Mary Wollstonecraft as “delicious” and John Keats—whom he incidentally never met—as “the best of them all.”. [24], Only Lovers Left Alive received positive reviews from critics. He's a rock star. Despite an antique’s appearance, we may imagine its rejuvenation given love, care, and a healthy dose of “fresh blood” — so to speak. Eve takes all of Adam's ready cash and leaves him with the promise of a gift. "[33], Tim Grierson of Paste noted that "Hiddleston and Swinton play their characters not as blasé hipsters but, rather, deeply reflective, almost regretful old souls who seem to have decided that love is about the only thing you can count on. In August 2010, Jarmusch said that Swinton, Michael Fassbender, Mia Wasikowska, and John Hurt had agreed to join the film, described by Jarmusch in May 2011 as a "crypto-vampire love story,"[6] but he did not have financing yet. There is the sense that when one is immortal, time and distance lose significance and human norms become inconsequential. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 85% based on 152 reviews. The website's critical consensus states, "Worth watching for Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton's performances alone, Only Lovers Left Alive finds writer-director Jim Jarmusch adding a typically offbeat entry to the vampire genre". [41], Robbie Collin from The Daily Telegraph awarded the film 4 out of 5 stars and praised the performances of Swinton and Hiddleston: "In the time-honoured Jarmuschian fashion, the few things that happen in Only Lovers Left Alive happen very slowly, but the dialogue is always gloomily amusing, and Swinton and Hiddleston's delivery of the gags is as cold and crisp as footsteps in fresh snow". [12] A concert was held at the Santos Party House venue in New York City in April 2014 to celebrate the release of Jarmusch's eleventh feature film. Eve reappears with a beautiful lute, and as they sit together outdoors and contemplate their likely demise, they spot a pair of young lovers kissing. [18], The film is one of several Jarmusch productions, with films such as Night on Earth, in which the action mainly occurs at night. Adam sits holding a lute, in his cluttered Detroit Victorian, as Eve wakes up in her bedroom in Tangier, surrounded by books. Only Lovers Left Alive is a 2013 British-German vampire film written and directed by Jim Jarmusch, and starring Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt, and Jeffrey Wright. [23][24], The names "Adam" and "Eve" can easily be inferred to allude to the biblical creation story but in an interview for The Hollywood Reporter Jarmusch revealed he was originally referring to Mark Twain's satirical work The Diaries of Adam and Eve. Adam returns to Tangier with Eve, to find that their old friend Marlowe is dying of blood poisoning. "[32] Jessica Kiang of IndieWire gave the film a B+ grade, saying, "the real pleasure of the film is in its languid droll cool and its romantic portrayal of the central couple, who are now our number one role models in the inevitable event of us turning vampiric. Eve reappears with a beautiful oud and as they sit together outdoors and contemplate their likely demise, they spot a pair of young lovers kissing. And the lute goes against all technology and against all computers and against all the shit you don’t need. In Only Lovers Left Alive, clothes play a part in communicating the tenuous nature of so many things that we wish to be eternal; the tantalizing mixture of desire and pain; the peculiar romance of a decaying, beautiful thing; and the spiritual suicide that is ennui. [21], The mentioned scientists Adam adores are: Pythagoras, Galileo Galilei, Nicolaus Copernicus, Isaac Newton, Nikola Tesla, Charles Darwin, and Albert Einstein. Eve and her sister are more adapted to modern technology.

View all posts by Linda. [13] Shooting began in June 2012 in numerous locations, the Brush Park district of Detroit, Michigan, U.S., Tangier, Morocco, Hamburg and Cologne in Germany. Thus, the audience senses that the contamination is not merely in the atmosphere of the world, it is pounding on the door and sometimes finding a way in.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 85% based on 152 reviews. This study aims to read Jim Jarmusch’s movie Only Lovers Left Alive from the perspective of downfall of industrial capitalism and ecosocialist approach. Jarmusch's band SQÜRL, primarily responsible for the film's score, opens the film with a version of Wanda Jackson’s 1961 song "Funnel of Love". And yet these garments, either because of their brilliance or in spite of it, seem like the last of their kind, and in this way, there’s a gentle sadness to Adam and Eve. Eve relies on their old friend, the author Christopher Marlowe, who faked his death in 1593 and now lives under the protection of a protégé. When they go out, their looks are dominated by buttery leathers that recall a time when fashion was not a statement split into countless disposable seasons, but a craft of more permanent splendor. When we first meet our Only Lovers Left Alive, they have been pushed to opposite ends of the Earth in search of hallowed Bohemian ground.

In the world of Only Lovers Left Alive, regular non-vampire humans are referred to dismissively as “zombies,” which now, more than ever, applies to Shakespeare. "[11], Jarmusch's band SQÜRL, primarily responsible for the film's score, opens the film with a version of Wanda Jackson’s 1961 song “Funnel of Love.” Other contributors to the soundtrack are Zola Jesus (a.k.a. She then asks his permission first before removing the gloves she is never without. [43], Tim Grierson of Paste noted that "Hiddleston and Swinton play their characters not as blasé hipsters but, rather, deeply reflective, almost regretful old souls who seem to have decided that love is about the only thing you can count on". They also wear the gloves when they go out together, and this is symbolic of them preventing contamination by the polluted zombie world. Adam and Eve dispose of Ian's corpse in an acid pool in an abandoned factory.

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