Summer of '421971
Summer of '42 (1971)
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Summer of '42 is one of those rare films yon can't help liking simply for its aspirations which are so honest and open-minded.
Thanks to director Robert Mulligan and a largely unfamiliar cast it turns cut to be a delightful film.
Summer of '42 has a large amount of charm and tenderness; it also has little dramatic economy and much eye-exhausting photography which translates to forced and artificial emphasis on a strungout story.
In the early hijinks phase, the film seems like a dry run for Porky's, but it later gets into the business of fluttering curtains, walks on sandy beaches and longing glances.
It forever misses, unlike American Graffiti, the heady sexual climate of adolescence to concentrate on the circumstances of the sex act itself.
Audience Reviews for Summer of '42
A deliberately tender and sentimental coming of age tale wherein a young man is given his longed for first experience with sex, only under dark and tragic circumstances. Together with this, in this incredibly spare tale, is a nostalgic longing for what innocence there might have been in America in the time before WWll. That and a simple soundtrack by Michel Legrand translate what might've been tacky into a pretty decent Hallmark card from the home front circa 1942.
Very good romance :)
Sorry, but I couldn't help but laugh. It was such a different time... WOW!
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