The Center for Urban History announces a film seminar, entitled "Sports and the Everyday" hold at the Center’s Conference Room on December 20, 2012. The event included a screening of Richard Linklater’s Dazed and Confused (USA, 1993). The film seminar was part of the "Sport and the City: People. Society. Ideology" exhibition, currently on at the Center.
The story is set in Texas in May, 1976, on the last day of school. The high school graduates in a small town are saying goodbye to their childhood, and trying to have "one last ball." The important element of the film, however, is not this simple story, but rather the "deep immersion" of the camera and the viewer into the world of these recent schoolchildren. In telling the stories of different characters at the same time, the director produces a "cross-section" of American teenage life, balancing between genre film, and anthropological study. Sport – closely connected to other everyday practices of teenagers – plays an important role in the film. Generally, isolating specific spheres of life – sports, fun, studies – is difficult and unnecessary. Everything is intermingled into a single mass, which could be described as life itself. It is perhaps because of this, or perhaps because of the perfectly conveyed atmosphere of the "last day of school" that the film developed a cult following immediately upon its release.