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Animal House

Released 1978
Distributor Universal

Director John Landis’ raucous satire of early sixties college life was a real game-changer when it was released in 1978, creating the template for a decade’s worth of politically incorrect comedies to come. The movie’s not-so-secret weapon was the film debut of Saturday Night Live star John Belushi as prototypical slob, John “Bluto” Blutarsky. In a bit of irony the boys from Delta House would appreciate, the film (highlighted by Bluto’s suave impression of a bursting pimple) was deemed “culturally significant” and selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 2001.

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About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from birth, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Back in the day Allan was directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting, St. Elsewhere, Fame, A Series of Unfortunate Events and TV Movies like Elvis Meets Nixon and Shake Rattle & Rock as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He used to have a lost film, Get Crazy, but Kino/Lorber found it in time for Christmas 2021. His day job is teaching Film production & history at the AFI.