Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Summer Children (1965).

I'm just dying to check out this film.  Its European New Wave cinema meets the American Beach Party teen films.  


A competition erupts between two young men over their feelings for one woman throughout a sailing adventure to Catalina Island and throughout the night at a dance. -via IMDB

The LA Times blog says: 
"The short life and times of the '60s beach movie was based on a simple formula -- sun, surf, sand, bad boys, bikini girls and usually some brew. “Beach Blanket Bingo,” “How to Stuff a Wild Bikini,” “Girls on the Beach,” “Beach Girl and the Monster” -- even Elvis went beachy in “Girl Happy.”
The movies  proved irresistible to a generation working its way toward real rebellion. In 1964, “Summer Children” began as an under-the-radar bit of indie mischief that literally was lost in that pop culture wave. A dispute with distributors saw it locked away in a vault for nearly 40 years. The fight to give it a second chance began in 2007.
As a film, it was very much of a time, unremarkable except for the cheekbones of its star Stuart  Anderson and its exquisite black-and-white look, a stylish mix of beauty, seduction and provocation.Summer ChildrenBut what it shows is the way talent can impact even a slight project. 
The cinematographer was a Hungarian refugee named Vilmos Zsigmond whose footage of the revolution had paid for his ticket out. He knew how to work with what the natural world gave him: the way light plays off faces and flexed muscles; a beach after midnight, its shadows hiding both threat and safety; fevered youth in the crush of rock 'n' roll mating dances.  
“Summer Children” and just about everyone attached to it was soon forgotten, lost to time. Zsigmond went on to become one of our cinematic greats -- he won an Oscar for “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and nominations for “The Deer Hunter,” “The “River” and “The Black Dahlia.” 
At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Egyptian Theatre, you can see the newly resurrected, remastered beginnings -- a forgettable film made unforgettable by an unknown who would become a master." — Betsy Sharkey, LA TIMES


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