Day of Confusion

336_feature_350x180.jpgThe Criterion Collection edition of Dazed and Confused will be released tomorrow. Like most Criterion DVDs, it’s got tons of cool extras for the rabid fan or film geek. Wiley, one of the cast members who still lives in Austin, linked an recent interview he did to commemorate the release.

The film’s set on May 28th, 1976. Apparently, some people have a tradition of watching the movie on Memorial Day weekend. It’s attained quite a cult following over the last 13 years since its release. I remember kicking myself for not saying something to Linklater back in ’92 or ’93 when the film was casting/shooting. He used to come into the Sound Warehouse at 49th and Burnet to buy CDs. I was 20, looked young, lived in a neighborhood where a lot of the shooting was taking place and had really long hair, a shoo-in as an extra (or so I like to delude myself). Damn missed opportunities. By the time the film was released, I was living in New York. I saw it in a theater in midtown Manhattan at an afternoon showing. There was hardly anyone else in the theater.

The number of actors who’ve continued their careers and go on to do other things is quite impressive: Matthew MMilla Jovovich, Adam Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Parker Posey, Joey Lauren Adams, the list is endless. The Austin Chronicle did a collection of articles on the film’s 10 year anniversary and the party to celebrate it a few years ago.

When the flickr/Google Maps Memory Maps craze hit and disappeared last spring, a few of us fiddled with Movie Memory Maps. I did one with a few of the locations from Dazed and Confused. I know, too much time on my hands.

Photo from the Criterion Collection website

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