George Lucas’ 1973 American Graffiti is a terrific film about that transition from adolescence to adulthood and what it means to define and redefine oneself. It is a film about romantic love, about fearing what it means while simultaneously longing desperately for it. It is a film about nostalgia, as much its pitfalls as its soaring heights. It is a film about cars. The automobile might be, if not the most important invention of the 20th century, certainly the most affecting. Nothing has changed the way we live our daily lives on such a grand scale as the car, with the possible exception of the mobile phone. Today, car culture is defined by European manufacturers. The technology of Mercedes, the aesthetics of Ferrari and Land Rover, and the engineering of Porsche are what set the pace for the future of the automobile. But there was a time when the greatest cars in the world were manufactured in America. And while that time may have come to a close in 1961, when Jaguar unveiled the iconic E-Type, the ripples of America’s car culture would continue to be felt for years.
Source: Badass Digest