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Interestingly enough this is not necessarily a inherent quality of digitally reproduced media, also photochemical film tried extremely hard to look as flawless as possible. And a lot was possible. It took colorists a lot of effort to get those colors out to look just right, similarily you could grade a movie shot on a 100k$ Arri Alexa rig to look just like old Eastman or Kodak stock. But when you do, people won't preceive it as digital anymore.

The grain however is the most important thing. What it does for me is it adds a certain distance to the thing happening. It is a constant reminder that you are looking onto a surface and not into a window. Maybe it is also about emotional distance to remind yourself: "it is just a image".

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