George Lucas ALICE SODOWSKY, ROLAND SODOWSKY, and STEPHEN WITTE - Essay

ALICE SODOWSKY, ROLAND SODOWSKY, and STEPHEN WITTE

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

[American Graffiti] imports more than mere nostalgia for a past: it explores the consequences of technology upon an age that still has the need to understand experience through a mixture of epic, myth, and romance patterns. American Graffiti's achievement—or near-achievement—is that it gives us a chance to satisfy this need, to find these patterns, in a mundane, all-too-familiar mechanized world.

The mythic land of American Graffiti is a country of city streets under the false day of relentless lights, of youths who live on wheels, where even the waitresses are on roller-skates and where all are electronically linked through the pulsating beat of their radios. The music (of...

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