Aestheticizing the Downfall of Industrial Capitalism: Jim Jarmusch’s Tale of Intellectual Vampires in Zombies’ World


  • Bahar Muratoğlu Pehlivan Antalya Akev University
  • Gül Esra Atalay Uskudar University



Jim Jarmusch, Only Lovers Left Alive, Ecosocialism, Industrial Capitalism, Detroit Bankruptcy


This study aims to read Jim Jarmusch’s movie Only Lovers Left Alive from the perspective of downfall of industrial capitalism and ecosocialist approach. The movie mainly takes place in Detroit Michigan, which is a symbol of the collapse of Fordism and industrialization. Ecosocialist critique of industrial capitalism has common notions with Jarmusch’s tale. Thus, theoretical framework of this study has been established on ecosocialist paradigm. In the movie, Jarmusch represents vampires as intellectuals with a wide accumulation of culture and knowledge and places his critique of industrialization from their point of view. Multimodal Discourse Analysis was applied to the movie to find out how the movie did use visual and literal signifiers to establish its narrative.

Author Biographies

Bahar Muratoğlu Pehlivan, Antalya Akev University

Assistant Professor, Department Of Communication Design

Gül Esra Atalay, Uskudar University

Assistant Professor, Department of New Media and Journalism


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How to Cite

Muratoğlu Pehlivan, B., & Atalay, G. E. (2018). Aestheticizing the Downfall of Industrial Capitalism: Jim Jarmusch’s Tale of Intellectual Vampires in Zombies’ World. CINEJ Cinema Journal, 6(2), 32–48.