Cinema: Fabulous '50s

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

Directed by GEORGE LUCAS Screenplay by GEORGE LUCAS, GLORIA KATZ and WILLARK HUYCK

Small towns and the 1950s had this in common: many people wanted to get out of both. Then, at a safe distance of miles and years, a certain nostalgia began inching its way into memory like a balm. In recent years several entertainments have distilled that nostalgia—The Last Picture Show, for example, and the Broadway musical Grease. But none have had the vigor and precision of American Graffiti. This superb and singular film catches not only the charm and tribal energy of the teen-age 1950s but also the...

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