Nostalgia and Pop Music in George Lucas’ American Graffiti.

For my 2014 art history paper: ARTH:319 ‘The Art of Film’ I was to choose a film and analyse it visually and culturally, looking at the construction and the context of the film. I chose George Lucas’ American Graffiti (1973) as I’m a huge fan of Lucas’ later, more stylized genre work, and I wanted to analyse his take on the more conventional coming-of-age story. This essay deals with how American Graffiti parallels many events of Lucas’ own teenage years, and how it spells out character moments through musical score and visual symbolism. Also included is the necessary research citation and segmentation of the film used to reference the movie.

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