Ciara Cody-James

Nostalgia and Adolescence


This thesis analyses the relationship between nostalgia and the cinematic portrayal of adolescence. Nostalgia is depicted in specific ways in film, especially in conjunction with adolescence, through fashion, lifestyle choices and music. When directed at adolescents, these are topics that are easy to assimilate and are emotionally resonant. By recreating particular eras on film it is possible to reach out to a number of generations, those who may have experienced the era for themselves and, crucially, those whose only idea of adolescence derives from their own current experience.