Abbas Kiarostami and Karlheinz Stockhausen versus Christian De Sica and Scatman John
I was alerted to this by the boys over at cinepanettoni.it - an ad for an evening of cinepanettoni on Sky Cinema1. Interesting that the performance style seems to allude to the exaggerated mode of the cinepanettoni themselves.
I don’t remember where the tune in this ad is from in the films (maybe just ads or trailers?), but I found this remark on a comments thread devoted to tributes to the late Scatman John (1942-1999) : ‘cosa sarebbero i cinepanettoni senza questo pezzo?’. A different Scatman tune from the one in the suoneria traditrice is used in a surreal sequence of Vacanze di Natale ‘95 discussed here.
Vacanze di Natale (1983): Instant Nostalgia
‘Le madeleines di Proust sono ora prodotte in serie.’ (Emiliano Morreale)
Here I continue to extract some material from a forthcoming article written for the first issue of a new Italian journal of history and cinema edited by Christian Uva, entitled ‘Nostalgia per un decennio disprezzato: appunti sul primo cinepanettone’.
In an interesting book on nostalgia in the cinema, Emiliano Morreale argues that nostalgia in its ‘postmodern’ form was born in Italy in the 1980s. He locates to the years around 1980 the emergence of a ‘nostalgia mediale e di massa’ that finds its motifs and Madeleines in lowbrow culture. Morreale signals Sapore di Mare (Carlo Vanzina, 1983) as a key text of the ‘new’ nostalgia, a film which releases a ‘fenomeno centrale’ of the period, that of the ‘filone “giovanilista-nostalgico”’ in Italian cinema.