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

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens August 18, 2014 at 9:02AM

The DVD offers another reason to revisit Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as vampires in love in Jim Jarmusch's dazzling film, which seems to contain more nuances, grace notes and emotional depth with each viewing.
Swinton Hiddleston

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.  

This article is related to: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive, John Hurt, Reviews

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