The search for beauty
- All the characters are looking for beauty.
- They are positive people, they realize they are surrounded by things that don't interest them but they stick to the world and enjoy what they find beautiful.
- They are all very educaded.
- They all adore, respect and recognize powerful art and culture.
- They can access forbiden places.
- They have powerful and influencial friends.
- Death has an important role in both movies.
- The characters share a great obsession for life and death, being beauty and pleasure the only reason they stay alive.
- For them the most important thing is the creation of beauty through their work or the work of other. They are all artist in search of beauty in art and they stay sane thanks to the search of beauty.
In the way they see the mundane
- They live very far from the "zombies" (Only lovers left alive) and the "mundane" (The great beauty). Even if the main character in The great beauty says he wanted to be the king of the mundane, that was his goal at 26, now he has higher goals.
- All the characters feel superior to the mundane.
- None of the movies talk about what the zombies consume for art.
In the way they live
- They live surrounded by beauty and books.
- They live during the night, they are sticktly nocturnal.
- They move around their cities, either walking of driving at night.
- They live in memorable places: the Tangier forever portraited by Paul Bowles, the broken-down Rome and of course the even more decrepit Detroit, the city in ruins of a fallen empire.
Needless to say I recommend watching Only lovers left alive and any movie by Fellini.