169 Seconds: Double Nostalgia in The Queen’s Gambit

This audiovisual essay focuses on one specific montage sequence in the 2020 Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit, which uses Shocking Blue’s 1969 song “Venus” as soundtrack. The use of the song and its music video not only expresses the emotional state of the protagonist, but also raises questions about watching music television as a cultural practice.

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  • Script, narration and editing: Jaap Kooijman
  • Title design: Thomas Schwartz Larsen
  • Title music: Mathias Bonde Korsgaard
  • Excerpts from The Queen’s Gambit 1.6 (Netflix, 2020), Shocking Blue’s music video “Venus” (director unknown, 1969), and Bananarama’s music video “Venus” (dir. Peter Care, 1986)



Jaap Kooijman is Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and author of Fabricating the Absolute Fake: America in Contemporary Pop Culture (AUP, 2013). His audiovisual essays have been published in [in]Transition: Journal of Videographic Film & Moving Image Studies, The Cine-Files, and NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies. [Photo credit: Jelle Rietveld]

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