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The insensible colonization of the present by the nostalgia mode can be observed in Lawrence Kasdan elegant film Body Heat, a distant "affluent society" remake of James M. Cain Double Indemnity, set in a contemporary Florida small town a few hours' drive from Miami. The word remake is, however, anachronistic to the degree to which our awareness of the preexistence of other versions (previous films of the novel as well as the novel itself) is now a constitutive and essential part of the film's structure: we are now, in other words, in "intertextuality" as a deliberate, built-in feature of the aesthetic effect and as the operator of a new connotation of "pastness" and pseudohistorical depth, in which the history of aesthetic styles displaces "real" history.

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The insensible colonization of the present by the nostalgia mode can be observed in Lawrence Kasdan elegant film Body Heat, a distant "affluent society" remake of James M. Cain Double Indemnity, set in a contemporary Florida small town a few hours' drive from Miami. The word remake is, however, anachronistic to the degree to which our awareness of the preexistence of other versions (previous films of the novel as well as the novel itself) is now a constitutive and essential part of the film's structure: we are now, in other words, in "intertextuality" as a deliberate, built-in feature of the aesthetic effect and as the operator of a new connotation of "pastness" and pseudohistorical depth, in which the history of aesthetic styles displaces "real" history.

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Info: Double Indemnity by Billy Wilder (1944) based on the screenplay by James M. Cain's 1943, a novella of the same name.
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Info: The screenplay for Double Indemnity by Billy Wilder (1944)
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Yet from the outset a whole battery of aesthetic signs begin to distance the officially contemporary image from us in time: the art deco scripting of the credits, for example, serves at once to program the spectator to the appropriate "nostalgia" mode of reception (art deco quotation has much the same function in contemporary architecture, as in Toronto's remarkable Eaton Centre).

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