Jim Jarmusch vampire movie trailer: ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’


The Times has a piece on Jarmusch today. We’re looking forward to Only Lovers Left Alive which is out April 11. Film Society of Lincoln Center is currently doing a retrospective of his work.

[Jarmusch] hasn’t seen “Twilight” or “True Blood” or read Anne Rice, but can recount the origin of one of the first English vampire stories, which dates to around 1816. His film, opening April 11, stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as Adam and Eve, an ur-cool bloodsucking couple whose love spans centuries and continents — he lives in crumbling Detroit; she in seedy, tangled Tangier. They’re united as much by their creative and literary appetites — he’s a musician, she’s a reader — as by their darker urges. In some ways, Mr. Jarmusch said, it’s quite a personal film…

Hemmed in by financing, “Only Lovers Left Alive” is the first movie he’s shot digitally, a concession (he prefers film) but one he eventually liked. “The things I hate about digital are daylight depths of field and skin tones,” he said, neither of which were a problem in a movie about extra-pale creatures who wither in sun. After a long hiatus, he also started playing guitar again, because music making is more immediate than film, and also because he started to wonder, “Why don’t I use my left hand for anything?”

“I had this period where I would try shaving or brushing my teeth with my left hand,” he said. “It’s like, what the hell, it’s got to have something in your brain that helps it. So then I thought: O.K., I’ll pick up the guitar again. You use both hands.”

And a few words from Tom Waits:

Tom Waits had a different, more charitable take. “While Jim toils alone,” he said, “as all great men must, his films freely roam the world, like weather balloons that astound and awe those here on the ground.”

He also couldn’t resist pinging his friend. “I think Leavenworth was good for Jim,” he wrote, lying and deadpan even in an email. “It disciplined him and gave him a sense of containment and appreciation for the austere. In metal shop, he made a camera out of a Coke bottle and piece of pipe.” His color palette, gray tones and shadows, was “informed by the bits of rat hair and cobwebs that decorated his cinder-block cell.”

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