American Graffiti

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Random House, Feb 1, 1979 - Drama - 230 pages
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Production rates and stills from the motion picture accompany the complete script for the nostalgic portrayal of teenage life in 1962

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Review: American Graffiti: A Screenplay

User Review  - Jeff Mayo - Goodreads

This is the screenplay for the legendary movie. What makes it such an interesting read is that it is the original screenplay, meaning that all the film that ended up on the cutting room floor, or ... Read full review

Review: American Graffiti: A Screenplay

User Review  - Ivy - Goodreads

This is a great book to have around for impromptu recording parties, as it contains the entire screenplay for this iconic film along with inspiring pictures. Get two copies if you can swing it. Beyond ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
2
Section 2
4
Section 3
6
Section 4
8
Section 5
10
Section 6
23
Section 7
26
Section 8
43
Section 11
60
Section 12
61
Section 13
63
Section 14
77
Section 15
82
Section 16
83
Section 17
98
Section 18
100

Section 9
27
Section 10
58
Section 19
116

About the author (1979)

As a graduate of the prestigious Cinema Studies program of the University of Southern California, George Lucas represents the movie-educated generation of American filmmakers, which emerged in the 1970's, including Francis Ford Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Brian DePalma. Lucas's award-winning 20-minute student science fiction film, "THX-1138," and a student fellowship to work with Coppola, launched a career of unprecedented financial success. Backed by Coppola, he made a feature-length version of "THX-1138" (1971), then gained wide recognition with the release of "American Graffiti" (1973), a look at high school in 1962 whose rock-and-roll soundtrack set off a wave of 1950's nostalgia. Made for $750,000, "American Graffiti" grossed nearly $50 million. However, Lucas's next feature dwarfed this success. "Star Wars" (1977) broke all box-office records and defined the basic terms of Lucas's legacy: spectacular technical effects and a comic-book sense of adventure. With the profits from Star Wars and the massive merchandising campaign around it, Lucas built Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California, home to Industrial Light and Magic, the premier special-effects laboratory in the world. Lucas wrote the scenarios for the "Star Wars" sequels, "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980) and "Return of the Jedi" (1983), and later for the "Indiana Jones" films, but he handed over directing to others, as he had sworn he would after completing Star Wars. In renouncing the director's role, the ultimate gesture of the anti-auteurauteur, Lucas exemplifies Hollywood since the late 1970's, which has focused on high-concept formulas with pyrotechnic displays of special effects, a sure-fire recipe for commercial success.

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