|American Graffiti co-writers, Gloria Katz & George Lucas.|
|Young filmmaker, George Lucas|
|Is Milner just spinning his wheels?|
George Lucas has described cruising as a teenage mating ritual, where interaction takes place between the opposite sex. Through car windows young people communicate acknowledgements and flirtations. Some film scholars have identified cruising and particularly the car itself, in Graffiti as representing protection from a larger society. Writer Emanuel Levy is a good example of this viewpoint. In his book "Cinema of Outsiders," Levy notes that in Graffiti, the car window is a convenient shield to the outside world.
|Lobby card of '55 Chevy & '32 Coupe dragging the main. (click for larger pic)|
And, She'll Have Fun, Fun, Fun...
|The ideal is always just out of reach|
in a white dress and a white car. Some film scholars have pointed out the similarities between the blonde in the T-Bird and the green light at the end of a pier in The Great Gatsby. In the story Gatsby sees the green light as hope for a relationship with Daisy. Both the blonde in Graffiti and the green light in Gatsby are recognized as representing all of the protagonist's wants and desires which includes the elusive American Dream. Once Curt sees the blonde he is pulled into an emotion doomed to frustration and a desire impossible to satisfy. He becomes passionately committed to the unattainable. At the end of Graffiti, Curt realizes the futility of the pursuit. In the post script we learn after college he migrated to Canada to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War. Once there he probably chose to chase another dream: writing THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL.
FASCINATION WITH CARS
|The Emperor, Bob Hudson.|
He is their friend, father figure, and guardian angel all rolled into one.
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