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Open Access Retro, faux-vintage, and anachronism: When cinema looks back

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This article explores the definition of ‘vintage cinema’ and specifically re-evaluates the fetishism for the past and its regurgitation in the present by providing a taxonomy of the phenomenon in recent film production. Our contribution identifies three aesthetic categories: faux-vintage, retro and anachronistic; by illustrating their overlapping and discrepancies it argues that the past remains a powerful negotiator of meaning for the present and the future. Drawing on studies of memory and digital nostalgia, this article focuses on the latter category: anachronism. It furthermore unravels the persistence of and the filmic fascination for obsolete analogue objects through an analysis of Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013).
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Keywords: anachronism; analogue; fetishism; nostalgia; obsolescence; vintage

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Stefano Baschiera is Lecturer in Film Studies at Queen’s University Belfast. His work on European cinema, material culture, and film industries has been published in a variety of edited collections and journals including Film International, Bianco e Nero, Italian Studies, and New Review of Film and Television Studies. 2: Elena Caoduro is Lecturer in Media Arts at the University of Bedfordshire. She has published on world cinema, the memory of terrorism in screen media, and analogue nostalgia in journals such as Frames Cinema Journal, Networking Knowledge, and Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media.

Publication date: September 1, 2015

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