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    Follows four generations of Jewish-American musicians as each painfully seeks fame through changing musical eras with hard-luck protagonists suffering through clichéd drug addiction, death, and alienation. Starting at the turn of the century with a piano-playing immigrant in New York, the film moves swiftly, following his offspring through such movements as Gershwin-era pop, jazz, folk music, '60s psychedelic, and Punk -- only pauses for elaborate, energized musical numbers designed to showcase the work of Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Sex Pistols, Lou Reed, the Jefferson Airplane, and numerous others.

     The use of rotoscoping (tracing animation from live action) makes for fluid and often eye-popping visuals. The differences in atmosphere and  feel in the different periods of time shown in the film - through the 20's, 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's - are fascinating and very creative.

*Film Features:
    This film features a animated / Rotoscopic history of pop music with some good Rock and Roll and Lindy Hop Rotoscope Animation. Rotoscope basically means the use of real film, real people, animated over to look like an animation. The Lindy Hop scenes are actual legendary Lindy Hoppers.

American Pop Screen Shot 1 American Pop Screen Shot 2 American Pop Screen SHOT 3 American Pop Screen Shot 4

More Film Information below





1981 Columbia/ Tri Star Ralph Bakshi DVD | VHS | Download


Country Made:



96 minutes USA English Color


Featured Dancer

Featured Dance

Dance Rating

Animation / Music / Drama ?Archie Savage | Marie Bryant? Lindy Hop VERY GOOD

Known Dancers


Well Known Actors / Actresses

Various Animated Real Dancers n/a Hilary Beane
Archie Savage - Robert Beecher
Marie Bryant   Roz Kelly
    Beatrice Colen

Dances performed in this film   

Posters / Lobby Cards

Special Dance Interest

the Lindy Hop $ One Sheet Movie Poster Rock and Roll
Rock and Roll $ DVD Case Poster Lindy Hop
Russian Dances    

Some Music Titles in Film

Musicians / Singers


A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall < Bob Dylan  
Anything Goes < Cole Porter  
Cantaloupe Island < Herbie Hancock  
Don't Think Twice It's All Right < Bob Dylan  
Hell is for Children < Neil Giraldo  
I Got Rhythm < George Gershwin  
Mona Lisa < Ray Evans  
Night Moves < Bob Seger  
Purple Haze < Jimi Hendrix  
Summertime < George Gershwin  

Stage versions of the film

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Cast Recordings

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Books Available on this film ...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
the Script Ronni Kern - -



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