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American Graffiti: The soundtrack (Murch‚ 2016)

Discuss in the context of ‘auteurism’ the use of editing and/or sound in American Graffiti (1973)

    Auteur theory typically refers to a director who is known as the “primary source of the film’s formal, stylistic, and thematic qualities” (Thompson & Bordwell, 1994, p. 720), and whilst the original meaning was focused on directors, it can be applied to other roles within the creation of a film. This essay explores the auteur relationship between George Lucas and his 1973 film American Graffiti.