Wednesday, July 3, 2013
HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT: American Graffiti
Hit me with your best shot returns this week with George Lucas' 1973 high school drama "American Graffiti". This was my 2nd time viewing this film and I find it quite curious. When one thinks of these end of high school dramas, you immediately expect an atmosphere of nostalgia. As I watch this film however, I feel like any nostalgic feeling is forced by the viewer. In fact, I find it to be a very sad and melancholic film. It doesn't make me want to go back to high school at all.
Despite the difference in tone compared to more rosy high school films, it's still able to strongly capture the essence of the high school experience in the early 1960s. It's such a great curio for that time period, especially in relation to slang terms like "going steady". I sometimes wish the story would delve into the individual characters even more, but the broad themes and iconography provide enough interest. This iconography is the focus of my pick for best shot.
Click below for my favourite shot...