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Drive-in Movie Memories (2002)

Drive-in Movie Memories (2002)

Drive-in Movie Memories

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The history of the drive-in movie is explored, with a focus on its various stages of development and popularity. Featured are historic photos, footage, and interviews with actors, film buffs, producers and industry critics. Included: Leonard Maltin; Barry Corbin; Burton Gilliam; Beverly Garland; Samuel Arkoff; Joe Bob Briggs.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television
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On DVD: Mar 20, 2006
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Critic Reviews for Drive-in Movie Memories

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

The film would have been far more enjoyable had director-editor Kurt Kuenne lingered longer on the terrific images collected by producers Don and Susan Sanders.

August 29, 2002
New Times

So much fun, it's almost dangerous. Informative and fascinating, the documentary has so many big laughs that you can make yourself sick guffawing.

Full Review… | February 28, 2002
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Full Review… | January 9, 2006
Film Threat

Full Review… | March 1, 2002
Shadows on the Wall

Audience Reviews for Drive-in Movie Memories

Kurt Kuenne was the featured director at the 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival. This doc runs a little less than an hour and was screened with a handful of Kuenne's fictional short works. I was really interested in the topic, but was disappointed in the way it was shot and edited. I ended up liking a couple of his shorts better. There are still a couple drive-in theatres operating in northeast Ohio and the Aut-O-Rama, which I have been to a few times, has a short ad that runs as you arrive. It explains nearly as much about the decline of drive-in movie theatres as this doc does and describes how buying from their concessions (at really reasonable prices), instead of sneaking food in, is important for keeping them in business. The ad does this in a much shorter time and with just as much nostalgia. Besides giving a basic history of outdoor movie theaters, this doc is presented as a memory scrapbook. The talking heads throughout are either redundant, hard to understand, or a little embarrassing. The narrative thread could have been more clear. Interview clips could have been shorter. And with a documentary on this topic, it really didn't make sense for a shaky cam effect to be applied when looking at still images. Kuenne tries to suggest the rumble of vehicles entering a drive-in or war interrupting normal life, however you can't see a still image clearly if it is not still. There were many sound effect and audio issues too.

hypathio7
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

An excellent and comprehensive history of the drive-in. Clearly lots of research went into it, and it includes many interviews with outdoor-screen luminaries.

Fantastic documentary about how drive-in movies got started, changes that were made to them over the years, the decline in the early 90s, and recent resurgance. Will bring back memories to anyone who has ever been to a drive in movie. Those like me who were not around during the early days of the drive-ins will learn lots of interesting facts.

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