Dazed and Confused

Dazed and Confused, directed by Richard Linklater and released in 1993, has been in my top-ten film list pretty much since I first saw it. I don’t know how many times I have watched it, but if I didn’t have a pretty decent digital copy on my computer, I would probably have worn out the DVD/Blu-ray several times over. Featuring a huge and extremely memorable ensemble cast as well as a formidable soundtrack, it managed to capture a time and feeling that I thought were uncapturable. It’s got a killer script and, seemingly, not much structure. The latter is what captures the time so brilliantly. Linklater said it best:

The drama is so low-key (…). I don’t remember teenage being that dramatic. I remember just trying to go with the flow, socialize, fit in and be cool. The stakes were really low. To get Aerosmith tickets or not? That’s a big thing. It was really rare when the star-crossed lovers from the opposite side of the tracks and the girl gets pregnant and there’s a car crash and somebody dies. That didn’t really happen much. But riding around and trying to look for something to do with the music cranked up, now that happened a lot!


Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and deus62.com is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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