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American Pop

Director: Ralph Bakshi Run Time: 106 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R Release Year: 1981

Starring: Jeffrey Lippa, Lisa Jane Persky, Ron Thompson

One family. Four generations. In love with the sound of AMERICAN POP.

A 35mm presentation.

A multi-generational immigrant’s tale from animator Ralph Bakshi, American Pop follows a Jewish family that’s chewed up by the music industry and the forces of history. From ragtime to big time, the film chronicles the evolution of pop music in the context of 20th century history and the personal stories of those who lived and died by their art. Using his patented rotoscoping technique, Bakshi brings to life a century of American music from Gershwin & Dave Brubeck to Sam Cooke & Herbie Hancock.

Part of Nitehawk’s April MUSICAL MIDNITES series.