Renaissance or Afterlife?

Nostalgia in the New Jazz Films 1

Authored by: Björn Heile

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138231160
eBook ISBN: 9781315315805
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After many years of dormancy, the jazz film appears to have returned to vibrant life with such titles as Whiplash (2014), Miles Ahead (2015), Born to be Blue (2015), and La La Land (2016). Reading these movies in the context of the history of the genre of jazz film, I argue, however, that what these films celebrate is not jazz’s present as a living art but its past, its afterlife.

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