American Pop

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Released 1981

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Director:
Ralph Bakshi
Released:
1981
Rating:
R
American Pop is a 1981 animated film that chronicles the development of American music through the experiences of four generations of a Russian immigrant family. The film is split into four parts, with each section focusing on a different generation as well as a different style of music. The film opens with Zalmie, who moves to New York City as a child. Zalmie quickly develops an affection for ragtime and jazz bands. He barely makes a living doing various stage acts, despite his dreams of finding success as a singer. Zalmie's son, Benny, grows up in New York quiet and introverted. He practices the piano whenever he gets the chance and develops in immense talent for jazz piano in the popular style. He, too, finds love and has a son. Tony emerges from the jazz generation of his father into the new world of beat poetry, folk music, and rock and roll. Tony finds success as a songwriter in the 1960s but struggles with the many cultural obstacles of that era. The film concludes with Tony's son, Pete, who rises from poverty into the world of modern rock and roll. American Pop is a clever and touching look at the American dream, directed by Ralph Bakshi and features rotoscope animation and archival footage.moreless
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