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Omar Ahmed

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781911325253

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781911325253.001.0001

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Afterword: Be Kind, Don’t Rewind

Afterword: Be Kind, Don’t Rewind

(p.107) Afterword: Be Kind, Don’t Rewind

Omar Ahmed

Liverpool University Press

This afterword looks at Michel Gondry's homage to RoboCop in Be Kind Rewind (2008), a film that is ‘sweded’ — a term referring to popular films innovatively re-enacted using a camcorder with the most perfunctory of budgets. The film reiterated the continuing fondness with which RoboCop has become part of popular culture. Gondry's inclusion of RoboCop as part of nostalgia for VHS, old media, as something retro is part of a cultural flow in which cinematic memories were forged in a discordant pattern of adolescent subterfuge and waiting impatiently at the video store for the tape to arrive with the hope it has not been chewed up by someone else's VCR. Perhaps the epitome of RoboCop's cultural popularity was the release of a crowd-funded project, ‘Our RoboCop Remake’, in 2014. Fifty filmmakers worked together to re-tell the story of RoboCop in a celebratory pastiche. Most recently, a comprehensive documentary on the making of RoboCop, ‘RoboDoc: The creation of RoboCop’ (2017), once again reiterates the many ways in which the film continues to capture the imagination. The chapter then highlights how RoboCop was re-made in 2014.

Keywords:   Michel Gondry, RoboCop, sweded film, popular culture, cinematic memories, RoboCop remake

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