[...] the obsession with authenticity in cinema appears to be the symptom of a modern nostalgia for some paradise lost, the longing for a time when life was transparent and free of the modern apparatuses separating us from the world, turning "reality" not even into a theater stage, but into a movie theater, the most mediated, and therefore, artificial, of all representations. [...] this essay examines medium authenticity, i.e. the many ways in which the musical biopic anxiously hides its "inauthentic" alienated nature by trying to create the illusion of life through performance.
Noily Beyler The Anxiety of Authenticity in Dahan’s La Vie En Rose and Zefﬁrelli’s Callas Forever Two musical biographical pictures, Olivier Dahan’s La Vie En Rose (2007) and Franco Zefﬁrelli’s Callas Forever (2002) address in various ways the seemingly decisive, yet ever elusive, problem of authenticity. How should we deﬁne authenticity, and how can one account for the near hysteria surrounding the desire to achieve it, particularly in cinema?1 Accordi
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