American Graffiti. George Lucas, David Willardson, designer.

American Graffiti

Wissous, France: Sonis, [1974]. Oversized illustrated wall poster (measures 64" x 47").

"Whole cultures and societies have passed since 1962. 'American Graffiti' is not only a great movie but a brilliant work of historical fiction; no sociological treatise could duplicate the movie's success in remembering exactly how it was to be alive at that cultural instant" (Roger Ebert). Large-format wall poster for the original French release of George Lucas's classic 1973 coming-of-age film, starring an ensemble cast of then-relative unknowns, including Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Suzanne Somers and Harrison Ford, with a cameo by late great radio DJ Wolfman Jack, and a production credit by Francis Ford Coppola. Lucas's autobiographical second film, set in smalltown central California in the early 1960s, charts the misadventures of a group of teens on their last night of summer vacation before departing for college and adulthood. Both an idyllic hommage to late 50s/early 60s pop culture (cars, rock 'n' roll, diners, girls) and a parable of American innocence seen from the era of Vietnam and Watergate, Graffiti was made on a modest budget under the auspices of a major studio (Universal Pictures), but with Lucas given extraordinary autonomy, making the film an emblem of the New Hollywood of the 1970s. It was a sleeper hit upon its initial release, and was re-issued in 1978 after the monster success of Lucas's follow-up, Star Wars (1977). Meanwhile, the film was a cult classic in France, where it was released in the spring of 1974, playing squarely to that country's longstanding appetite for American pop culture. This French poster with its monolithic rollerskating waitress, designed by prolific poster and airbrush illustration artist David Willardson, more succinctly epitomizes the film's nostalgia than the original American one-sheet montage. Visa number 5626 printed in lower left corner. Printed by S.A. Lalande Courbet. Fold lines and minimal creasing and wear. Near fine.

Ships folded.
Item #2896


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