Thursday, May 29, 2003

Fab hats, with a smirk

Very thoughtful piece from Canada on Down With Love, Far From Heaven, and similar recent films. While there may be more going on in the former than he realizes, he seems to have identified something accurate about the genre.  “Retro revivalism is now a permanent aspect of pop culture; it’s only a matter of which eras get cycled through.” And “They’re ostensible tributes to styles of the past, but act, in fact, as cheap flattery for the audiences of today” (Adam Sternbergh, “Fab hats, with a smirk: When filmic homage turns into paint-by-numbers forgery,” National Post, May 17, 2003). Don’t miss the ending.

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