Dazed And Confused: Movie Analysis

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Early 90’s film Dazed and Confused is an undeniable classic loved by its audience and numerous filmmakers alike. Featuring an unforgettable cast of yesterday’s day and our own, and a spectacular soundtrack, the film’s raging popularity to this day is unavoidable. The film itself tells the story of the transition into adulthood. Following the last day of school of copious teenagers, the film portrays the development of a new generation through the relationship between Freshman and Seniors. Through Richard Linklater’s release of Dazed and Confused, he highlights the importance of the 70’s, by utilizing the film’s representation of clothing and automobile fashion and art, to create a sense of nostalgia and a complementary appreciation for the bygone era. Through the film’s use of the 70’s vehicles and clothing, the audience is able to distinguish the not only between “the youth” (The…show more content…
Linklater’s portrayal of iconic 1970’s vehicles is much more than material seduction for the male audience, but instead acts an iconic symbol of freedom and superiority. This can be easily spotted through the film within the clashing supremacy of the seniors and inferiority of the incoming freshman. Many scenes in the film show the senior’s easy accessibility to active hazing, sex, and accessibility drugs due to their established freedom and maturity given by the possession of a car. Meanwhile most of the younger characters often struggled to avoid being harassed due to their inability to protect themselves without supervision or protection of another adult. While the automobile portion of the film is not limited to men it is often seen as a separation of genders through the evident distinction between the 1970 Pontiac GTO driven by Kevin Pickford

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