Dazed and Confused and American Graffiti

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American Graffiti and Dazed and Confused are both nostalgic, coming of age films that comically portray the characters interpersonal struggle and transition from their teenage, high-school years into adulthood. Both films are period pieces that take the audience back in time, to a time when life seemed much simpler than it is today. These types of films are almost always hits because of their relatability to the audience. The soundtracks featured in each of these films plays a significant role in the storylines. American Graffiti (1973), is an Academy Award winning film directed by George Lucas, starring Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat and Charles Martin Smith. American Graffiti is a vignette of the four main characters, Steve (Ron Howard) the privileged child with a conservative demeanor and appearance; Curt (Richard Dreyfuss) the intellectual thinker, John (Paul Le Mat) the tough guy known for drag racing his 1932 Ford Coupe Deville and Terry (Charles Martin Smith) the nerdy buddy, desperate for the attention of females, and the friend you would forever defend. The friends are enjoying a typical night in small town Modesto, California while cruising the strip. Mels Diner, the local liquor store, make out point and cruising strip set the backdrop, while the radio show of Wolf-man Jack sets the era. The music in the film is not only heard by the audience but by the characters as well. Each song is carefully choreographed to enhance the scenes. The

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