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Bach and cigarettes: imagining the everyday in Jarmusch’s Int. Trailer. Night.

Cenciarelli, Carlo 2011. Bach and cigarettes: imagining the everyday in Jarmusch’s Int. Trailer. Night. Twentieth-Century Music 7 (2) , pp. 219-243. 10.1017/S147857221100017X

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Abstract

In Jim Jarmusch's Int. Trailer. Night (2002) a young American actress, alone in her trailer for a ten-minute break, lights up a cigarette and puts on a CD of the Goldberg Variations. In this short, almost plotless experimental film Bach sounds outside the frameworks that typically motivate the diegetic presence of so-called ‘classical music’ in cinema, detached from the places and signifiers of high art and from high-level meanings and pointed occurrences. This unusual representation of listening opens up two complementary lines of enquiry: first, into the way in which Jarmusch draws on Bach to invent a reality that is strange and irreducible, marked by unexpected cultural affiliations and by an elusive affective realm; second, into the way in which, by thus channelling Bach into his poetics of the everyday, the director reinvents the music's own identity, putting forward a de-essentialized image of its cultural placement and aesthetic status.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 1478-5722
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:23
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/76884

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