The Soundtrack Movie, Nostalgia and Consumption

Estella Tincknell

in Film's Musical Moments

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623440
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651115 | DOI:
The Soundtrack Movie, Nostalgia and Consumption

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This chapter explores the relationship between musical performance and popular culture, where nostalgia can be central to the construction of meaning. It considers some of the cultural implications of the emergence of the soundtrack as a vital element in contemporary popular cinema. With specific reference to three films from the 1990s, Forrest Gump (1994), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Boogie Nights (1998), it examines the ways in which such films mobilise their soundtrack to produce particular cultural associations and a preferred history of the late twentieth century. The chapter points out that the soundtrack film has been part of a wider process whereby the canon of ‘classic’ pop has been raided and repackaged. Finally, it argues that borrowed music can create meanings that exceed the initial level of the narrative.

Keywords: Forrest Gump; Pulp Fiction; Boogie Nights; musical performance; popular culture; nostalgia; soundtrack; classic pop; popular cinema

Chapter.  6197 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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