Hunger And Highlander: Living Forever In New York In The ’80’s

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New York in the eighties was the place to be if you were French and couldn’t die…

In The Hunger, Catherine Deneuve is an immortal vampire, swanning around New York killing people and living in an absurdly architectured swank palace with antiques and exotic European booze, pulling young and beautiful female American scientists but ultimately always left staring into the distance and contemplating her solitary existence through sensual, heavy-lidded reptile eyes…

In Highlander, Christopher Lambert is an immortal Scotsman, swanning around New York killing people and living in an absurdly architecture swank palace with antiques and exotic European booze, pulling young and beautiful female American scientists but ultimately always left staring into the distance and contemplating his solitary existence through sensual, heavy-lidded reptile eyes…

In one of the films, the gorgeous scientist is drawn to the Gallic superhuman because she believes he is connected to a beautiful antique samurai sword; in the other the gorgeous scientist is drawn to the Gallic superhuman because she believes she is connected to a beautiful antique David Bowie…

Both films have a preoccupation with having sex in rooms with billowing curtains while pursued by rumpled character actor policemen and both films feature ancient Egyptians… Only one ancient Egyptian is Sean Connery, interestingly.

What was it? Cultural inferiority complex? AIDS metaphor? Mistrust of old money?

I can only assume that in the eighties New Yorkers had a thing for eurotrash… Artfully garbed, glamourously armed, serial killing eurotrash beset by existential crises and devastatingly coiffed to within an inch of their ancien regimes.

Good for them.

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