NYFF51 will celebrate the twentieth anniversary of DAZED AND CONFUSED on Thursday
DAZED AND CONFUSED (Richard Linklater, 1993)
Film Society of Lincoln Center
Alice Tully Hall
1941 Broadway at 65th St.
Thursday, October 10, $25, 9:00
“You guys know anything about a party?” It should be one crazy party on October 10, when the fifty-first New York Film Festival celebrates the twentieth anniversary of one of the greatest high school movies of them all, Richard Linklater’s 1993 indie classic, Dazed and Confused. Alice Tully Hall will turn into 1976 Austin, Texas, as Linklater and various cast members will be on hand for the screening and a Q&A. Like Cynthia (Marissa Ribisi) says, “If we are all gonna die anyway, shouldn’t we be enjoying ourselves now? You know, I’d like to quit thinking of the present, like, right now, as some minor insignificant preamble to something else.” Of course, Randall “Pink” Floyd (Jason London) intones, “All I’m saying is that if I ever start referring to these as the best years of my life, remind me to kill myself.” There’ll be no need to do that as you watch Linklater’s splendid look at high school, which deals with hazing, burgeoning sexuality, sports, drug use, friendship, cliques, and a kick-ass party to end one chapter and begin another, for everyone except the older Wooderson (a career-making performance by Matthew McConaughey), who famously proclaims, “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.” The cast also includes Adam Goldberg, Milla Jovovich, Cole Hauser, Joey Lauren Adams, Rory Cochrane, Parker Posey, Ben Affleck, and Austin native Wiley Wiggins as Mitch, with an epic soundtrack featuring all the right songs by Foghat, Alice Cooper, Nazareth, Rick Derringer, Sweet, War, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kiss, and Peter Frampton. So for a “good ol’ worthwhile visceral experience,” head on out to Lincoln Center and relive all those glorious moments of your misspent youth.