The Funny, Bittersweet ‘Dazed and Confused’ Oral History Captures the Cult Classic’s Lasting Appeal

The Funny, Bittersweet ‘Dazed and Confused’ Oral History Captures the Cult Classic’s Lasting Appeal

Rory Cochrane, Jason London, and Sasha Jenson as Slater, Pink and Don in Dazed and Confused, 1993.In the early nineties, director Richard Linklater surprised even some of his closest collaborators by choosing to follow the success of his oddball indie Slacker with a coming-of-age comedy for a big Hollywood studio. He thought his own high school years, back in the late seventies, “sucked,” and he wanted to push back against nostalgia both for that decade and for being a teenager. This ran counter to popular teen movies, including Sixteen Candles and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, that were driven by plots not exactly true to life. Instead, Linklater envisioned making a film that better reflected how he and his friends had spent their time in high school—often just cruising around the streets of his hometown of Huntsville, looking for something cool to…View Original Post

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