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Jarmuschian Vampiricism

from The New York Times

This Time, Jim Jarmusch Is Kissing Vampires

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The filmmaker Jim Jarmusch is old school. He writes all his scripts out by hand and then dictates them to a typist. Ideas are jotted down in small, color-coordinated notebooks and, despite the presence of an iPad and iPhone in his life, he doesn’t have email. “I don’t have enough time as it is to read a book or make music, or see my friends,” he said. “People don’t believe me, too. They think I’m just saying that because I don’t want to give it to them. But no, I do not have email.”

So his interest in vampires, the subject of his latest movie, “Only Lovers Left Alive,” is hardly modish: He 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.

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Posted on April 4, 2014 by Editor

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