American Graffiti is George Lucas’s second feature length film. Despite its low budget and Universal Studios' skepticism it managed to become one of the most commercially successful films of New Hollywood.
Before becoming famous for his cult science fiction saga Star Wars, George Lucas was known for making smaller scale independent movies.
The film shows teenagers cruising their cars around the city at night in search of adventures and romance. American Graffiti is a mixture of teenage and automobile cultures that set the agenda for coming-of-age comedy-dramas for decades to come. A notable example of the influence of American Graffiti is Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused. Its characters enjoy the last of the carefree nights of their youth by going on ritual car rides with obligatory stops at diners, car racing, backseat kissing and innocent jokes
American Graffiti was nominated for five Academy Awards, won two Golden Globe Awards and a prize at the Locarno Film Festival.
Dir. George Lucas, 113 minutes, USA, 1973