U.S., 1973, 112 min, 35mm, Dir. George Lucas, Rated PG, Universal Pictures

American Graffiti

Friday, 8/26 at 11:45 pm

"Not only a great film but a brilliant work of historical fiction; no sociological treatise could duplicate the movie's success in remembering exactly how it was to be alive at that cultural instant." - Roger Ebert

Pity the intellectually-challenged Universal executives who, judging by the title, thought young director George Lucas was delivering an Italian movie about feet. What they got instead was one of the most successful (and most imitated) films of all time. Filmed on a dare from producer / friend Francis Coppola to make a crowd-pleaser, Lucas' follow-up to his succès d'estime debut THX 1138 was a recollection of growing up in Modesto, California in 1962. Centered on the final weekend of summer before school begins, American Graffiti follows a group of friends during a single night as they cruise around looking for fun and romance while an uncertain future awaits just beyond its reach. The film catapulted to stardom the careers of Richard Dreyfuss, Harrison Ford and Ron Howard. The latter would go on to become an Oscar-winning filmmaker. It captured a time when the soundtrack of the heart came from Top 40 radio. And Suzanne Somers became embedded in the collective unconscious as the mysterious blonde who got away. In the spirit of Graffiti, our screening coincides with the time of year when the movie takes place. If this isn't the way it was for you, maybe it should have been.

F for Friday is a globe-trotting series that spans decades with cutting-edge game-changing films, screened in their original format or digital restoration. Tickets are $7.00 and include a free popcorn and 2-for-1 beer and wine.

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