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Swinton and Hiddleston in Jarmusch’s Sumptuous ‘Only Lovers Left Alive,’ on DVD

Swinton and Hiddleston in Jarmusch's Sumptuous 'Only Lovers Left Alive,' on DVD

In a  droll, touching
scene in “Only Lovers Left Alive,” Jim Jarmusch’s dazzling take on eternal
love, the vampire Eve  —  Tilda Swinton, even paler and more elegant
than usual – sits in Tangier confiding to her very old friend, Christopher
Marlowe (John Hurt), who is, contrary to history, very undead. Eve is worried
about her husband back in Detroit, a musician-vampire named Adam (Tom Hiddleston
in a dark wig, with a penetrating stare).

Kit Marlowe affectionately calls Adam  “a suicidally Romantic scoundrel,” to
which Eve replies, “I mainly blame Shelley and Byron and some of those French assholes
he used to hang around with.”  They
are, all three, witty, poignant, literary and irresistible.  As I
said in my review (you can find it here) “Only Lovers Left Alive” is
both pure Jarmusch in its wry, understated  voice and a departure into a more visually
extravagant style.

The DVD has no
commentary, but a quite selective 49-minute behind-the-scenes look at filming
reveals how precisely Jarmusch works to create effects that feel so effortless
on screen. The transfer looks sumptuous, another reason to revisit a film that seems
to contain more nuances, grace notes and  emotional depth with each
viewing.  

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