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Jim Jarmusch's independent films often provide a refreshing antidote to the formulaic tripe peddled by Hollywood studios. But while difference can be virtuous, it doesn't always make for absorbing viewing - as highlighted by the languid vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive.
Shunning the overfamiliar conventions of the blood-sucking subgenre, Jarmusch's movie is admirably bereft of crucifixes, garlic and stakes through the heart. Instead, the focus is on the domestic affairs of vampires Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) as they rekindle their centuries-old love affair, try to stock up on fresh blood from various benefactors and generally skulk around in silence. The unwelcome entrance of Eve's hedonistic younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) throws their world into turmoil, and briefly helps to rouse a flagging interest in proceedings too. »
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13 variations for 13 films, accompanied by the musical theme composed by François de Roubaix for Le samouraï (1967): the cinema of Jean-Pierre Melville condensed into a series of motifs that travel from movie to movie, reiterating and transforming, finding their full meaning only when they are put into relation. A non-exhaustive collection1, but filled with recognisable images that clearly obsess this filmmaker.
1. Jef Costello’s second murder in Le samouraï, Maite’s devastating death at the end of Army of Shadows (1969), the shooting of Mattei and Vogel in Le cercle rouge (1970) or—the most paradigmatic example of all—of Maurice, Silien and Kern in Le doulos (1962). It is the matter of a rule with few exceptions, a pattern that is rarely broken: whenever Melville’s »
- Cristina Álvarez López & Adrian Martin
Talking with Die Welt, Woo wants to shift the setting to Berlin as German financing is playing a considerable role in the production. The director also says Berlin is "a city which, unlike Paris or London, was not as satisfied with its current status and therefore more interesting."
Woo says the script is currently being worked on, and the project would be shot in English. It won't go into production though until he's satisfied with the script.
The original French-Italian crime drama follows a perfectionist hit man who is witnessed killing a night-club owner. His efforts to hide his tracks only drive further and further into a corner.
Source: Die Welt (via The Film Stage) »
- Garth Franklin
3 items from 2013
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