American Graffiti is a 1973 film co-produced by George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola and directed by George Lucas. It portrays (ritrae) the rock and roll cultures popular among the post–World War II baby boom generation (1960s) and is told in a series of vignettes, about a group of teenagers and their adventures within (in) one night. Summer 1962. Southern California. In a small town for a group of young people it is the last night they are spending together before facing (prima di affrontare) adult responsibilities and they want to have some fun. Curt Henderson and Steve Bolander, have just graduated (si sono appena diplomati) and are going to leave for a college; nerdy (secchione) Terry “The Toad” (il ropso) dreams a date (appuntamento) with blonde Debbie; John, a 22-year-old drag racer (automobilista in corse di auto) wonders (si domanda) how much longer he can stay champion. While they are living this night with their dreams, hopes and fears – Steve thinking future with girlfriend Laurie; Curt chasing a mystery blonde; Paul preparing for a race against Bob Falfa; Terry trying to be cool (figo) – D. J. Wolfman Jack plays 41 vintage tunes (canzone dell’epoca) on the radio. The idea of the film has been in the director’s mind for ages as he wanted to deal with (trattare) his own teenage years in early 1960s, but at first he could not find a producer. Finally (alla fine) he found the Universal Picture. Filming had to take place in San Raphael, California, but the crew (staff del film) did not have permission to shoot (girare) and they all moved to Petaluma.