The opening of Only Lovers Left Alive sets the scene for what is to come. We see the stylus slip into the groove of an old vinyl version of Wanda Jackson’s Funnel of Love and we are introduced firstly to our lovers, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), two centuries old vampires, bound to each other through time, and then secondly to Marlowe (John Hurt), a fellow vampire and now frail wordsmith.
We have all the time in the world
Director and writer Jim Jarmusch, shoots the opening from above in a circular motion, seemingly to mirror the motion of the record and perhaps hinting at that never-ending notion of immortality. As the music plays and the screen spins, we see our three vampires each drink a glass of blood and it is clear by the end of the scene that this is no regular run of the mill vampire love story and that we are in for one wild ride. (more…)