American Graffiti [Region Free]
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This Academy Award® nominated classic, directed by George Lucas and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, features the coming of age of four teenagers on their last summer night before college. Rediscover drag racing, drive-ins and Inspiration Point in this nostalgic look back at the early 60’s that also brings you an incredible soundtrack with the most memorable rock'n'roll tracks of the era. Starring Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Charlie Martin Smith, American Graffiti captures the heart and spirit of America’s last age of innocence.
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The Az blurb is reasonably accurate, but it does not convey the flavours of that last hot summer night of freedom before heading off to College; the teenage lusts and rivalries, the classic cars and hot-rods, the way Wolfman Jack and his music permeates everything via the car radios, and all this is leavened by some outstandingly funny moments, my favourite being the incident with the Police car. The world has moved on, and this sort of happening is highly unlikely in modern America, or anywhere else for that matter. It is a moment of history lovingly recreated for our entertainment.
I bought my DVD in 2003, and it comes out for a play every now and again when the TV is dire, and we watched it again today. This was the first viewing on my newer better TV, and I was impressed by how the picture quality still seems appropriate with the semi-documentary feel; not the crispest or cleanest, but considering it was a genuine night shoot on film pushed past its limits it is amazingly good.
The Extras include a documentary about the making of the film, and it is well worth viewing because it gives us a great insight into what made George Lucas tick in those days.
American Graffiti seems to smartly captivate the audience with easy going atmosphere, innocent gags and popular pop music, but it is a bittersweet dream of something that has already happened and, when you are young, do not know if and how it is going to happen: the uncertainty of future and life, the feeling of youth passing by and already expiring.
Shot and directed with a mix of documentary style, acting improvisation and yet also a great care for details and audio (splendid) and visual impressions (director of photography is the great Haskel Wexler), American Graffiti is a true and genuine masterpiece, exactly like young Richard Dreyfuss face.
The overall impression i got was that Lucas wasn't a very good director at all , im not a fan of Star Wars and for me this is his best film, he cast the film very well with non stars , more cost saving , but he was right about most of the choices and the script must have been very good though it is funny when he tells us the studio hated it and offered to buy it back and not release it .
Its a good fun film , if you've never seen it, with a cracking soundtrack and the idea was copied in 'Dazed and Confused' and thats great too , if you've not seen that , i recommend it if you enjoyed this.
mistakes i saw in this film on Blu-ray was the crew hiding behind the kids at the hop when the camera pans 360 during the spotlight dance ,one's holding a light i think ,hes the one crouching down when the camera pointing his way haa haa caught you!
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