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May 19th, 2014


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12:43 pm - Two more odd thoughts about Only Lovers Left Alive
Because this movie is haunting me....

1) It is a truth personally acknowledged that any film or play in which a beautiful couple like Hiddleston (despite horror-wig) and Swinton lies about in dressing gowns for much of the second act is going to get me right in my longstanding and profound Noel Coward love. (I almost wrote 'feels' instead of 'love,' and then imagined Sir Noel's expression of dismay and changed the word.)

Exhibit A. As the Master has Amanda say, "I think very few people are completely normal really, deep down in their private lives." BLESS.

2) The AV Club review of Only Lovers Left Alive calls it "a funny, deeply romantic hangout movie that treats art not just as a reason to live, but also as a rejuvenating force in a relationship." I think that's spot-on, but I'm really interested in the idea that this is a "hangout movie."

In an odd way, Jarmusch's treatment of the vampires Adam and Eve is arthouse-film-meets-fanfic.

Arthouse films often (although not always) privilege lingering images and discursive conversation over propulsive narrative. The goal is rather to explore the characters' worlds and their interior lives. And isn't that the goal of some kinds (I emphasize SOME kinds) of fanfic? It's a chance to hang out with characters and explore their worlds and lives in ways that genre sources in particular often just don't have either the time or desire to spend. So there's something especially delicious in Jarmusch taking vampires, these genre-story staples, and ficcing about them. :)

May you find happy-making things and stories to explore today.

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From:paratti
Date:May 19th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
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Coolness:)
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From:laurawise
Date:May 19th, 2014 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Dressing gowns! I just can't describe how much I love that. :)

Hugs!
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From:gwynnega
Date:May 19th, 2014 08:18 pm (UTC)
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I simply MUST see this film! :-)

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:May 19th, 2014 08:35 pm (UTC)
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You really really must. :)

Hugs!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:May 19th, 2014 11:51 pm (UTC)
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You have made it quite clear to me that this is not to be missed...

Happy Monday!
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From:laurawise
Date:May 20th, 2014 12:25 pm (UTC)
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It's an utter delight. :)

Cheers and hugs to you, ALH!
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From:roguedemon
Date:May 20th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
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I just saw the movie today, and I don't have much to add except that I agree with everything you said. I found the movie hypnotic and sensual and I definitely see the parallels with fanfic. I kind of wanted to go and live in the movie, which is how I often feel about good fanfic: that I want to go hang out with the characters (or as the characters) in the universe the author has built.

I would be perfectly happy to just hang around inside the film and stare at Hiddles. With or without clothes, he was delicious. I mean, I'm a woman with needs. ;)

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From:laurawise
Date:May 20th, 2014 12:26 pm (UTC)
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Hypnotic is a perfect word, my friend! Cheers, and yes to all you say.

Hugs! Happy Tuesday, with thoughts of Hiddles. :)

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