How to reposition the Fifties as something different, out of time, lost, nostalgized? Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan, Debralee Scott, and Joe Spano also appear in the film. Though we tend to think of the cultural conservatives of the 1970s and 1980s – real and imagined – as simply rejecting rock and roll and postwar youth culture entirely, American Graffiti and the other nostalgic Seventies invocations of the long Fifties present a milder, but in certain ways more culturally powerful, form of conservative response to the Sixties. [1] Although I had seen the film three or four times before, it had been about a quarter century since the last time I had seen it. For me, though, I find American Graffiti and its amazing, underrated, sequel in good company with that Galaxy Far, Far Away. Earlier, he was the Berlin correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and the drama critic for The New York Times and the first regular drama critic at The New Yorker. All the elements were there for me, friends going off to college, struggling with the fact that I wasnt going to college, using a borrowed car, friends with girlfriends, getting an adult to buy us booze, picking up chicks on the strip, racing from signal light to signal light, cruising, messing with the cops, car clubs, 50’s music mixed in with “classic” Rock, having that one moment when you see the woman of your dreams and her being just out of your reach fading with the coming dawn, and yes…enlisting to go fight the Red hoard. But perhaps I miss the point. Intellectual History, he had an accident that nearly killed him, led Andrew Sarris, who liked, but didn’t love it, to compare Lucas’s “directorial personality at this early stage” to Godard and Fellini, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, the New York Dolls’ cover of Bo Diddley’s “Pills”. You betcha. To cite something I am a bit more familiar with: when If she liked it so much, it couldn't be that good. I saw it for the first and only time in 2008 and only a few scenes are still vivid (but that’s often the way I remember movies). But my father’s experience as a high school student, and as a h.s. As I search around for things to think about, I keep coming back to visions of the pre-Sixties American past in the long 1970s. “American Graffiti”‘s sound track is papered from one end to the other with Wolfman Jack’s nonstop disc jockey show, that’s crucial and absolutely right. Wallerstein, following Braudel, refers to “the long sixteenth century” in the first vol. Monday, January 23, 2012. [3] Racial conflict—and, indeed, racial diversity—is notably absent from the world of American Graffiti. This blog is © 2007-2018 Society for U.S. Together, John, Terry, Steve, and Curt’s fates underscore the lost innocence that is at the heart of American Graffiti. Can we ever stop crying about November 22, 1963? of ‘The Modern World-System’, it’s b/c he thinks it makes sense, on some substantive grounds, to view c.1450-c.1640 as one epoch. Yet farther on, he explicitly rejects the idea that reception is differentiated by cohort, and adopts a strongly historicist frame that analogizes historical periods and cultures as holistic formations, capable of sudden transformation. As Ebert puts it, the film “acts almost as a milestone to show us how far (and in many cases how tragically) we have come.” Who’s the we? Barry Levinson’s Diner (1982), for example, is pretty unimaginable without Lucas’s film preceding it. [1] It is still a vibrant and enjoyable little film, very much worth viewing. Richard Dreyfuss Celebrity Profile - Check out the latest Richard Dreyfuss photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at Rotten Tomatoes! ABC passed but repurposed the material for an episode of Love American Style the following year. But I do get why it can be tiresome to be treated to an orgy of nostalgia for an era one didn’t experience personally. 4.7 out of 5 stars 6. He can go to college in a year, he says. Intellectual History is a nonpartisan educational organization. Ray – I don’t know for sure, but the framing figure might be traceable to Erving Goffman, Frame Analysis, 1974. It wasn’t scooped, channeled, shaved, decked, pinstriped, or chopped, and it didn’t have duals, but its hubcaps were a wonder to behold. After a series of adventures that include trying to locate a mysterious blonde (Suzanne Somers) in a white T-Bird (who might have said “I love you” to Curt through its closed window) and proving his manhood with the local Pharoahs gang, Curt eventually finds the inner strength to leave town and attend the unnamed college in the East. At the end of the day, films are made to generate income. [Is this getting Prufrockian?]. Are we all the same person? Although it was released in 1962, the song leaned more towards the 60’s than the 50’s only in the sense that it was more of a Soul Funk type of music that a few years later would come to epitomize the 60’s era vibe. I rated both of them 4/5 stars on Letterboxd. In “8 1/2,” Fellini used Claudia Cardinale as his mysterious angel in white, and the image remains one of his best; but George Lucas knows that for one brief afternoon of American history angels drove Thunderbirds and could possibly be found at Mel’s Drive-In tonight... or maybe tomorrow night, or the night after. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: 6 of 16. prev. “Where were you in ’62?” read the film’s principal tagline. But, when memory and history seem determined to form into archetype, or better stereotype, when it seems that events exist only to give an aura of newness to forms that compulsively repeat, you have to wonder what’s up, and that perhaps history has ended [for now], and it’s our fate to live in an endless loop of shared re-runs of the loss of innocence, perhaps hoping to recover it. Instead it includes songs from the entire early rock-and-roll era. Does every heart vibrate to the same exhausted media fare? Pauline Kael Reviews A-Z. Eventually, Al’s Diner in Milwaukee would come to serve a similar role in Happy Days to Mel’s Diner in Modesto in American Graffiti. Coupled with Lucas some what failed attempt to edit the film himself, make this film appear oddly out of time linear sync. Sorry – that’s “slowly returning” in the next-to-last paragraph. I guess what I’m trying to ask is, is there a way we can shorten the presumed distance between the conservatism of nostalgia and the conservatism of “backlash”? I’d like to see it again actually. Others included: Elvis’s comeback special (1968); the vocal group Sha Na Na, formed at Columbia University in 1969 just before appearing at Woodstock (they eventually got their own syndicated TV variety show, which ran from 1977 to 1981); the Broadway musical Grease (1971), which eventually became a film in 1978; and the TV shows Happy Days (1974-1984) and Laverne and Shirley (1976-1983).[5]. The Velvet Underground’s “Rock and Roll” and the New York Dolls’ cover of Bo Diddley’s “Pills” (a song that itself comes from a rather different Fifties) are two great musical monuments to this interrelationship between the Fifties and Sixties (and beyond). As Pauline Kael argued in the New Yorker on October 29, 1973, “Using women (and not only women) as plot functions may be a clue to the shallowness of many movies, even of much better movies—American Graffiti, for example. Those dirty hippies get all the ink and the screen time, but Nixon got the votes. Variety called the movie “nothing more than an updated ’70s version of the Sam Katzman rock music cheapies of the ’50s.” Other reviewers noted the … Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan, Debralee Scott, and Joe Spano also appear in the film. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. Pauline Kael reached national attention in the 1960s, first in a brief stint as critic for The New Republic, finally as a longtime fixture at The New Yorker (1968-1991). I agree that one might very productively put a film like AMERICAN GRAFFITI in dialogue with a film like THE LAST PICTURE SHOW. I avoided it for years because of Pauline Kael's iconographic reviews in the New Yorker. Yes, Carol’s parents think she ought to avoid listening to Wolfman Jack, but they obviously represent no real bar to her doing so. Pauline Kael's reviews aren't just provocative---they're addictive. Pauline Kael’s Most Passionate Reviews, From ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ to ‘Taxi Driver’ Thumbnails. Hardcover. Deep from the annals of my VHS archive: the great Pauline Kael muses about writing film criticism. American Graffiti was one of the most important in a series of popular cultural reflections on the long 1950s that appeared in this country in the late 1960s and early 1970s. When Kael said she would publish her review even if the studio pulled the picture from distribution, executives were embarrassed into releasing it, now using an ad campaign that stressed the very favorable notices. Burnett), suggested – to a great extent the Culture Wars of the Eighties reflected a series of Seventies cultural conversations about the legacy of the Sixties. Spike Lee Receives American Cinematheque Award, America Has to Come to a Reckoning: Director Sam Pollard on MLK/FBI, The TV Homages of WandaVision are an Amusing, Unfulfilling Distraction. All in all, as a kid coming of age in central California, I could relate to the movie, the characters, and the lack of certain cross sections of 1960s Americana. It always seems to me that there was a kind of reorientation toward what “the Fifties” meant as a coherent cultural referent in the early 1970s. Find helpful customer reviews and review ratings for The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael: A Library of America Special Publication at Amazon.com. Like another of the main characters, Lucas was obsessed with racing cars. Originally intended as a project for Blake Edwards, the film version of Pierre Boule's semisatiric sci-fi novel came to the screen in 1968 under the directorial guidance of Franklin J. Schaffner. But, from the perspective of 1973, Modesto in 1962 also sat just on the other side of the chasm that was the Sixties. Remembering my high school generation, I can only wonder at how unprepared we were for the loss of innocence that took place in America with the series of hammer blows beginning with the assassination of President Kennedy. And if the viewer somehow misses seeing the temporal divide that is, in a sense, the real subject of the film, there’s always that final set of titles. I suspect Lucas was doing what most film makers do today, they try to play to the largest audience as possible. I had watched it several times before and enjoyed it, as I did last night. In the lines you quote, it looks like it’s his generation that experiences traumatic change most sharply. And did she really whisper “I love you” at the last traffic signal? At any rate, American Graffiti led Andrew Sarris, who liked, but didn’t love it, to compare Lucas’s “directorial personality at this early stage” to Godard and Fellini. The options were simple, and so was the music that formed so much of the way we saw ourselves. Another kind of meditation and re-mediation on Vietnam occurred in the late 80s with all the Vietnam films (Platoon, etc.). Did it capture a bygone era of lost innocence? I especially like your closing thought, that Lucas represents “a milder, but in certain ways more culturally powerful, form of conservative response to the Sixties,” but I wonder if we could contextualize this not just in light of Lucas’s advancement of an autobiographically grounded vision of the sixties, but also as a more or less direct response to other New Hollywood films, especially Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show (1971) and Nichols’s The Graduate (1967). “American Graffiti” acts almost as a milestone to show us how far (and in many cases how tragically) we have come. The pilot for the show, originally entitled New Family in Town was actually filmed for ABC in 1971 with the cast that would eventually appear in Happy Days. That the main generation gap on screen is between the twenty-two-year-old John and the sixteen-year-old Carol (and that it involves the Beach Boys) suggests how established and stable is the movie’s version of Modesto youth culture in 1962. In the District, perhaps the first hint that something spectacular was about to happen was the surprisingly enthusiastic review that Washington Post reviewer Gary Arnold gave in the morning edition. So “the 70s,” culturally and politically, is really just the mid/late 70s, I wd have said, maybe extending to 1981, but still less than a full decade. English [remove] 85; French 1; German 1; Document: publication year. And Happy Days creator Garry Marshall would eventually borrow Cindy Williams, who had played Howard’s love interest in American Graffiti, to co-star in Laverne and Shirley. 1. Other than a couple of Asian and African American faces briefly glimpsed in the high school sock hop scene and a couple of (probably) Latino members of the Pharoahs gang (neither of whom has many lines), the large ensemble cast is entirely white. In 1962, not everyone was a high school kid, and many weren’t even born yet. Fifties rock remained important not only to many Sixties and Seventies musicians, but also to the first great generation of rock critics, who associated the music with a lot of things that predated the Sixties. Kael, one of the major American film critics of her era, still beloved by cinephiles for her highly passionate, individualistic and sometimes sardonic writing, famously panned Star Wars in a review in The New Yorker a few months after its release (when it had already exploded into a box-office and pop-culture sensation). Well in this case, the Fifties under consideration are George Lucas’s, not mine. Thanks for this extremely rich comment, Michael! Pauline Kael . The lack of conflict around the youth culture on display in American Graffiti is one of the most notable things about the film. I suspect that, since the release of Star Wars some four years later, he has rarely been compared to either one. Pauline Kael. [8] This would have been a very familiar point of view to audiences in the early 1970s. And while Curt is a writer, his “living in Canada” would suggest, to audiences in 1973, that he was a draft dodger, whose life would have been fundamentally altered by the Vietnam War, if in a less tragic way than Toad’s. To turn more specifically to the ’70s: there certainly is a “short ’70s,” which is often said to begin, as you say, around 1973 and is usually said to end around 1980 (with Reagan’s election). https://themudsill.substack.com/p/the-mudsill-vol-1-no-2?r=c1sab&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web&utm_source=copy, https://s-usih.org/2021/01/usih2021-in-dialogue-the-politics-of-black-freedom/ Essays and criticism on George Lucas - Pauline Kael. One of the few conversations about music takes place between John and Carol, who define the closest thing to an extended on-screen generation gap. [6] We Are Aware of All Internet Traditions ®. Time is spatialized, and culture is temporalized; we exist at their intersection, where they collapse into one another. The music thus evokes not a year, but an era, and one about to come to an end. My coming of age years mirrored American Graffiti with the exception of the drag racing so close that I regard this movie as an autobiography of my own life to include going to war…the Cold War. But the film’s buried structure shows an innocence in the process of being lost, and as its symbol Lucas provides the elusive blonde in the white Thunderbird -- the vision of beauty always glimpsed at the next intersection, the end of the next street. Whole cultures and societies have passed since 1962. American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming-of-age comedy film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. [7], The entire film is scored to rock and roll, nearly all of which appears diegetically, both at the high school dance which Steve, Curt, and Laurie attend toward the film’s beginning, and booming from the various car radios throughout the rest of the movie, which all seem to be tuned to Wolfman Jack’s overnight show. Lucas is now so defined by the behemoth that is the Star Wars franchise, for which he has been justly praised for world-building and creative marketing, and just as justly criticized for often indifferent writing and terrible directing, that the well-directed, modest, and, well, realistic American Graffiti is somehow even more surprising than it must have been in 1973 as a follow up to the director’s rather cold science fiction debut, THX-1138. A 1966 movie review by Pauline Kael on Jean-Luc Godard, who turns 85 today. That is, they do not constitute declarations that, e.g. 26 offers from $32.99. Finally, twenty-two year old John Milner (Paul le Mat) is living a kind of extended teen-age life as the town’s most famous hot-rod racer. Somehow, by American Graffiti and early 1970s, these were being more strictly differentiated and separated even though, in practice, there were many continuities, both good and bad—or maybe better said, there were, all along, many recombinations occurring between perceived old and new forms and attitudes. Directed by Gerald Peary. He has seemingly (a key word) been nostalgic for the 1950s nearly all of his adult life. With Roger Ebert, Andrew Sarris, Pauline Kael, Jami Bernard. What all of these cultural products featured was more-or-less instant nostalgia for a past that was very close in time but seemed extremely culturally distant from the world of the long 1970s. … I mean, when you watched the movie … for the first, or fifteenth, time? Read More. My first car was a ‘54 Ford and I bought it for $435. 1983 ? That June, he had an accident that nearly killed him, which led him to give up cars, go to junior college, and, eventually pursue film-making. Does every heart vibrate to the same exhausted media fare? American Graffiti is a 1973 American coming-of-age comedy film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Bo Hopkins, and Wolfman Jack. We ask that those who participate in the discussions generated in the Comments section do so with the same decorum as they would in any other academic setting or context. Btw, I get your reference to the ‘long 50s’ but not to the ‘long 70s’. Are we slowing returning to history as individual biography writ large? But it isn’t the age of the characters that matters; it’s the time they inhabited. Fast forward to 2015 and I just watched this movie last night on streaming. [4] Although American Graffiti‘s large ensemble class includes a number of women, the film’s story is built entirely around its male characters, for whom the female characters essentially serve as ethical tokens of a sort. Because, in a sense, he doesn’t have to. Do you remember where you were in 1973 ? Carol, who’s wearing a surfing-related shirt, praises the Beach Boys, for whom Wolfman Jack predicts great things before playing their 1962 hit “Surfin’ Safari.” ” I don’t like that surfing shit,” says John, “Rock ‘n Roll’s been going downhill ever since Buddy Holly died.”[8]. (Spoilers to follow[6]) American Graffiti focuses on four young men in Modesto in 1962. I don’t know how I missed it before, but none of the female characters were in the “what became of them” segment at the end of the movie! #USIH #twitterstorians Modesto in 1962 is presented as a time when conflicts were local and manageable and challenges could be met and conquered. The teenagers in “American Graffiti” are, in a sense, like that cartoon character in the magazine ads: the one who gives the name of his insurance company, unaware that an avalanche is about to land on him. The film follows the characters over the course of the night, which they largely spend cruising around the town in cars. To me, the movie struck a cord because living just south of Modesto there were elements that we practiced even into the late 70’s such as cruising, the absence of adult supervision in adolescence socialization, the racial make-up and the Vietnam War still fresh in our minds. We have to remember that the media was in its infancy so mass exposure of US and world events was not prevalent in the general household as it is today. The options seemed so simple then: to go to college, or to stay home and look for a job and cruise Main Street and make the scene. Set in 1962, American Graffiti compresses into one night the events from high school graduation to the opening of college in the fall. Remembering my high school generation, I can only wonder at how unprepared we were for the loss of innocence that took place in America with the series of hammer blows beginning with the assassination of President Kennedy. Curt Henderson is a writer living in Canada. Ebert writes – All text (including posts, pages, and comments) posted on this blog on or after August 7, 2012, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Nice post (though I’m posting this comment before having gotten through the footnotes). The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below: And following an evening driving around and essentially playing older brother to the much younger Carol Morrison (McKenzie Phillips), John races Bob Falfa (Harrison Ford), who has been driving around town trying to meet John in order to beat him at his game. 1950s rock was never out of the picture in 60s countercultural rock: the bands kept playing Chuck Berry covers among their more artsy, weird, psychedelic explorations and of course Chuck Berry and other 50s rockers appeared on many of the double bills at the Fillmore Auditorium. On August 1, 1973, George Lucas brought his nostalgic film American Graffiti to the big screen at the Avco Cinema Center in Los Angeles. So the film took a micro view of a few characters in a small town encapsulated, but only at the end, in a micro-macro view of a sliver of the issues of the day circa 1963. Originally intended as a project for Blake Edwards, the film version of Pierre Boule's semisatiric sci-fi novel came to the screen in 1968 under the directorial guidance of Franklin J. Schaffner. Found a copy of this 1974 review (in my opinion, one of Pauline Kael's best pieces of writing) on catholicforum.fisheaters.com Reprinting it here: THE EXORCIST Pauline Kael, The New Yorker, January 7, 1974 Shallowness that asks to be taken seriously—shallowness like William Peter Blatty's—is an embarrassment. American Graffiti is a 1973 coming of age film directed and co-written by George Lucas starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford, Charles Martin Smith, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips and Wolfman Jack. It’s an interesting philosophy of history question, whether a work set in the past should contain some indication of what happened after the period in which it is set, especially if the time after it is set was one of great dislocation and change, as is the case here. Blessed with Steve’s Chevy Impala, Toad picks up Debbie Dunham (Candy Clark), whom he more or less successfully woos, despite lying to her, losing the car, getting sick on whiskey, and having his lies exposed. Pauline Kael’s 1976 review of the classic horror film, based on the novel by Stephen King. The Rolling Stones of 1972 would have blown WLS off the air in 1962. Search this site Go Ask a ... Lucas is a real filmmaker. ... (and Pauline Kael for that matter). Save this story for later. He displays no connection to those events. by Pauline Kael. And, have we come any farther since he wrote those lines, whatever that might mean? Read Movie and TV reviews from Pauline Kael on Rotten Tomatoes, where critics reviews are aggregated to tally a Certified Fresh, Fresh or Rotten Tomatometer score. It seems Ebert is unsure whether to see the film in generational or in historical terms. I hope you have evolved some since then. I guess this is not how the periodization goes in the literature most readers here are familiar with? As Ebert says, “the great divide was November 22, 1963, and nothing was ever the same again.” Not an utterly unique, but certainly a transformative moment …like December 7, 1941, or September 11, 2001. Kael’s legendary essay-review about Bonnie and Clyde was published in 1967 in the New Yorker. In fact, American Graffiti as a whole became a cinematic template. Suzanne Somers, Kathleen Quinlan, Debralee Scott, and Joe Spano also appear in the film. As Pauline Kael argued in the New Yorker on October 29, 1973, “Using women (and not only women) as plot functions may be a clue to the shallowness of many movies, even of much better movies—American Graffiti, for example. We compiled our rundown using data from the movie-review aggregation ... New Yorker's Pauline Kael called "childishly naïve." Ben, On weekends my friends and I drove around downtown Urbana -- past the Princess Theater, past the courthouse -- sometimes stopping for a dance at the youth center or a hamburger at the Steak ‘n’ Shake (“In Sight, It Must Be Right”). This weekend, I re-watched George Lucas’s American Graffiti, which was released forty years ago this past August. As our primary goal is to stimulate and engage in fruitful and productive discussion, ad hominem attacks (personal or professional), unnecessary insults, and/or mean-spiritedness have no place in the USIH Blog’s Comments section. I first saw it in the late 1970s or early 1980s at one of Berkeley’s great repertory film theaters – the UC, the Rialto 4, or the Northside – that, along with the Pacific Film Archive (the last surviving relic of that bygone age), played such a huge role in my cinematic education (and that of any cinephile growing up in the East Bay before the arrival of video rental). Not kidding. Having read all the post I want to dumb it down some. Only two years earlier, WLS had been the Prairie Farmer Station; now it was the voice of rock all over the Midwest. And when they appear on screen, they seem hypocritical or weak, like the teachers chaperoning the sock hop and the Moose Lodge members whom Curt encounters at a mini-golf establishment while the Pharaohs gang members with whom he’s riding steal money from pinball machines. (At one point I actually asked myself, "I wonder just what Professor Killan things of this, not what Pauline Kael does".) Legendary New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael is the subject of a new documentary, now at the Gene Siskel Film Center. The great divide was November 22, 1963,and nothing was ever the same again. It’s in this light that I want to consider American Graffiti today. © 2007—2021 Society for U.S. It’s the war, and the ways it touched everyone’s immediate, personal body and life, that seems to cast the shadow over American Graffiti’s look back at the Fifties—and it’s the war, we might say, that created the rupture—with all the suggested sorrows, nostalgia, and sense of loss—between the Fifties of American Graffiti and the Sixties that followed? The radio was on every waking moment. Of the sound track, the song Green Onions to me was out of time. 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