Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 139: Fri May 18

American Graffiti (Lucas, 1973): Dalston Roof Park, The Print House, 18 Ashwin St, E8 3DL.

Can you think of a more perfect outdoor screening?

Here is the Time Out preview: Back for a second year, this indie set-up at Dalston Roof Park holds screenings on a rooftop. The films should appeal to those who know a good soundtrack when they hear one, and the ambience is extended by DJs playing music tailored to the film of the night, themed food provided by The Long Table and the Background Bar providing refreshments. For American Graffiti, the rooftop is transformed into a wonderland of 1960s Americana, with diner-style food, rollerskating waitresses and DJs soundtracking the evening with music from the era. Here are details of Dalston Roof Park and here are more details of this evening's entertainement.

Chicago Reader review: 'By now, George Lucas's film about the summer of '62 is almost beyond criticism. A brilliant work of popular art, it redefined nostalgia as a marketable commodity and established a new narrative style, with locale replacing plot, that has since been imitated to the point of ineffectiveness. The various heresies perpetrated in its name (everything from Cooley High to FM) are forgivable, but the truly frightening thing about the film is that it's almost become nostalgia itself. Where were you in '73?' Dave Kehr
Here is the trailer: 'Where were you in 62?'

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