“American Graffiti” Turns 40

Nov 17, 13 “American Graffiti” Turns 40

In 1972, a relatively unknown filmmaker named George Lucas began shooting a low-budget joyride comedy from a screenplay he had written.

The story was set in Modesto, Calif., during the late summer of 1962 and centered on a group of music-loving teens spending one last night together before heading off to college.

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American Graffiti Special Edition DVD Review

May 21, 11 American Graffiti Special Edition DVD Review

Back when he made good movies, and just prior to leaving an indelible impression on the cinematic landscape with Star Wars, George Lucas co-wrote and directed a low-budget masterpiece called American Graffiti. An ensemble nostalgia film that takes place over the course of a single night in 1962, the movie, like all great films, can’t be tucked into a neat box, genre-wise. It manages to transcend genre and be all at once funny, sad, exhilarating, and touching (Yes, Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused owes more than a little to this movie). Hit the jump for my review of American Graffiti on DVD.

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Harrison Ford: His Hunky Roles

By Gretchen Hansen

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