Run time: 101 mins
Summer 42 waxes nostalgic about lost innocence, coming of age, and a bygone America consumed by a devastating world war.
Nominated for four Oscars, and a personal favourite of Stanley Kubrick, this 1971 box-office sensation follows the adventures of three good-natured, sexual curious teens – on an unnamed island during the summer days of 1942.
With her husband off to war, Dorothy also has a lot of time on her hands, which Hermie, one of the hormonal boys, is more than anxious to assist with. Eventually, it will lead to what has now become a controversial moment in film history ‒ an artistic variation of The Graduate, if you will ‒ though presented in a far-more serious sense. Summer of ’42 is an honest and sincere look at that point in time where we really do start to grow up.
Director Robert Mulligan (To Kill a Mockingbird), aims for another mix of universal feelings within a specific time and place. 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. (Jack Whiting)