Retro, faux-vintage, and anachronism: When cinema looks back
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).
Baschiera, Stefano; Caoduro, Elena: Retro, faux-vintage, and anachronism: When cinema looks back. In: NECSUS. European Journal of Media Studies, Jg. 4 (2015), Nr. 2, S. 143–163. DOI: https://doi.org/10.25969/mediarep/15202.
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