American Graffiti
First screened in July 2013 / Most recently screened in July 2014
Director: George Lucas. Cast: Ron Howard, Richard Dreyfuss, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Paul Le Mat, Mackenzie Phillips, Candy Clark, Bo Hopkins, Harrison Ford, Beau Gentry, Manuel Padilla Jr., Wolfman Jack, Kathleen Quinlan, Jim Bohan, Jana Bellan, Deby Celiz, Lynne Marie Stewart, Scott Beach, Terence McGovern, Jody Carlson, Kay Lenz, Suzanne Somers. Screenplay: George Lucas and Gloria Katz & Willard Huyck.

Twitter Capsule: A kiddie Big Chill with nothing to mourn. Wexlery lighting cuts the sugar but what's left tastes like Diet Rite.

VOR:   A landmark of how the 70s thought about the early 60s, and how many still think of the early 60s. Soundtrack, cast, semiotics of diners and cars all become iconic. Influential beyond measure.

Photo © 1973 Universal Pictures/Lucasfilm

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

(in July 2013: C+)

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Picture
Best Director: George Lucas
Best Supporting Actress: Candy Clark
Best Original Screenplay: George Lucas, Gloria Katz, and Willard Huyck
Best Film Editing: Marcia Lucas & Verna Fields

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Picture (Musical/Comedy)
Best Director: George Lucas
Best Actor (Musical/Comedy): Richard Dreyfuss
Most Promising Newcomer (Male): Paul Le Mat

Other Awards:
New York Film Critics Circle: Best Screenplay
National Society of Film Critics: Best Screenplay

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