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It's referred to as the "allure of nostalgia" in the wiki entry for Midnight in Paris.

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I'd call it normal. –  John Lawler Apr 11 at 17:59
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What about 'nostalgia'? –  Mitch Apr 11 at 18:10
    
What do you mean by more poetic !!! Nostalgia is yearning to get back to be past , it does not necessarily means that the person thinks the previous is better !! –  Argot Apr 11 at 18:14
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Nostalgia's not what it used to be. –  Edwin Ashworth Apr 11 at 18:34
    
I'm confident when I say my children feel no nostalgia for the era before cable television and Nintendo. Doesn't nostalgia require some recollection of the era in question? –  Elliott Frisch Apr 11 at 18:37

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It is also referred to as the Golden Age fallacy in Midnight in Paris.

It's a mixture of romanticisation of the past, and minor negationism; ignoring the negatives and focusing only on the positives.

It's closely related to "the grass is always greener".

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There is a commonplace longing for the good old days.

For example, there is often a longing for the turn-of-the-century era (1900 not 2000) that is thought to be kinder and gentler than the later 20th century, as exemplified in Hollywood sagas like Meet me in St. Louis. A reading of some authors, like Stephen Crane's Maggie, Girl of the Streets, paints a much more realistic and somewhat brutal picture of that period.

As Ms. Simon points out, anticipation of what is to come may be ill-advised, since these are the good old days.

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Saudade: It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing may never return.[2] A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing. Saudade was once described as "the love that remains"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudade

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I think you could easily say that they are reminiscing and being sentimental.

Freud, with deep introspection, would gather that there is a delusion of history. He is right.

I for one like the term:

romanticizing: deal with or describe in an idealized or unrealistic fashion; make (something) seem better or more appealing than it really is.

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