WATCH NOW: JIM JARMUSCH BRINGS DETROIT TO THE BIG SCREEN WITH “ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE”
Jim Jarmusch’s latest film release, Only Lovers Left Alive casts Detroit as a main character in the film, which centers around two vampires who have been in love for centuries. The film is set against the romantic desolation of the cities of Detroit and Tangiers, where we find an underground musician, deeply depressed by the direction of human activities, who reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover. When Jarmusch was asked why he chose the two locations in the film, he said:
I have a very deep, I don’t know they draw me to them in different ways, I have a very emotional connection to them both, so they sort of told me that they wanted to be in this story.”
The two vampire lovers have already endured several centuries at least, but their debauched idyll is soon disrupted by the a wild and uncontrollable younger sister. As the modern world collapses around them these wise but fragile outsiders continue learn how to survive.
The Detroit Free Press reports on the mansion that was featured in the film:
“In the movie, the brick house with the striking turret is the moody abode of Adam (Hiddleston), a centuries-old rock musician-vampire who prefers to dine via blood banks and lives surrounded by old sound equipment, vinyl albums, rare guitars and photos of artists ranging from Franz Kafka to Iggy Pop.
The story of 82 Alfred reflects the ups and downs of Detroit through time…In 1901, notes Becker, the Detroit Free Press said the Alfred house was “understood to be one of the best built houses in the city.”
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