Summer of '421971
Summer of '42 (1971)
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Critic Reviews for Summer of '42
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.
It forever misses, unlike American Graffiti, the heady sexual climate of adolescence to concentrate on the circumstances of the sex act itself.
"Summer of '42" is a memory movie, written, directed and acted with such uncommon good humor that I don't think you'll be put off by its sweet soft-focus, at least until you start analyzing it afterwards.
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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