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American Graffiti
Thursday, October 16 • 7pm

American Graffiti

American Graffiti captures the look, feel, and sound of the summer of 1962 by chronicling one memorable night in the lives of several young Californians on the cusp of adulthood. (In essence, Lucas was making a semiautobiographical tribute to his own days as a hot-rod cruiser, and the film’s phenomenal success paved the way for Star Wars.) The action is propelled by the music of Wolfman Jack’s rock & roll radio show—a soundtrack of pop hits that would become as popular as the film itself. As Lucas develops several character subplots, American Graffiti becomes a flawless time capsule of meticulously re-created memory, as authentic as a documentary and vividly realized through innovative use of cinematography and sound. The once-in-a-lifetime ensemble cast members inhabit their roles so fully that they don’t seem like actors at all, comprising a who’s who of performers—some of whom went on to stellar careers—including Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford, Cindy Williams, Mackenzie Phillips, Charles Martin Smith, Candy Clark, and Paul Le Mat.
—Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com

Directed by George Lucas
1973, USA • 112 minutes • 35mm

 

 

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