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Coming of Age, Drama
A bittersweet comedy following several recently graduated high school students (including future stars Richard Dreyfuss and Ron Howard) for one last summer night of drag racing and picking up girls in 1962 small-town America. Expertly weaving the hits of the day into the action, director George Lucas brilliantly evokes the end of an era (partly based on his own rock and roll, hot-rodding youth) and the end of innocence for a pre-Vietnam generation. He would go on to direct Star Wars - but some people believe he's never again captured the warmth and humour of American Graffiti.
This is a teaching resource written by CCEA's senior exam team, with Into Film in support of the GCE Moving Image Arts specification.
Classic 1950s film about a moody troublemaker - played by legendary actor James Dean, who died in a car crash a month before its release.
11+ years 106 mins
This atmospheric look at life and the messy nature of being friends in a small, dusty Texas town at the start of the 1950s is a 70s classic.
16+ years 118 mins
A dark and touching coming-of-age tale about a group of four boys who are forced to face harsh reality when they find the body of a missing boy.
14+ years 85 mins
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We explore the clever ways Spider-Man: Homecoming keeps Peter Parker's story fresh and brings everyone's favourite web-slinger back into the Marvel fold.
Reading time 8 mins
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