Disenchantment and The City of Lost Children

Jennifer Webb, Tony Schirato

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Abstract

Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro’s The City of Lost Children explores the space between childhood as children experience it and the dream of childhood that resonates in the cultural imaginary. Drawing upon Arjun Appadurai’s work on commoditisation (here, the commoditisation of childhood), the authors show how the film addresses--with fantastical imagery yet serious intent--the loss (or, rather, the absence) of innocence and enchantment that necessarily obtains in a capitalist world, and the tactics deployed by children to survive and make survival meaningful to themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-68
Number of pages14
JournalCanadian Journal of Film Studies
Volume13
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Disenchantment
Childhood
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Tactics
Enchantment
Innocence

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Webb, Jennifer ; Schirato, Tony. / Disenchantment and The City of Lost Children. In: Canadian Journal of Film Studies. 2004 ; Vol. 13, No. 1. pp. 55-68.
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