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Out for Blood

Jim Jarmusch screens his new film, Only Lovers Left Alive

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"Hey, man, let's make a vampire movie." Those were words spoken nearly a decade ago by Jim Jarmusch to Tilda Swinton, and they came full circle last night as the Cinema Society and W hosted a screening of the resulting flick, Only Lovers Left Alive, at Sunshine Cinemas. Swinton and costar Tom Hiddleston play inarguably the coolest cinematic bloodsuckers since Deneuve and Bowie's fanged turns in The Hunger. If teenybopper vamp fare of recent years has perhaps decimated public taste for the genre, it turns out that Jarmusch is just the man to rejuvenate it. Steve Buscemi, David Byrne, Patti Smith, Maria Cornejo, and Joel Coen all turned out to raise a glass at Broome Street's newest addition, Chalk Point Kitchen, where the cozy basement bar reverberated with camera flashes until late into the evening. Peter Sarsgaard, belly up at the bar, professed his love for the film, as Smith and Jarmusch waxed poetic about Detroit, where much of the movie is set. More than a few revelers murmured over the din about Hiddleston's oft-shirtless performance as the depressive undead musician. Swinton, for her part, said her preferred vamp is Christopher Lee (aka Saruman from The Lord of the Rings), and offered some advice on keeping a centuries-long romance alive: "Try not to mess with people and edit them, or edit yourself." Vampires: They're just like us.

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