Summer Of ’42 (1971)

ROBERT MULLIGAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5

USA, 1971.  .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .    Music by .   Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1971.  Golden Globe Awards 1971.  National Society of Film Critics Awards 1971.  

Coming-of-age schmaltz about a teenaged boy who falls in love with a war widow during summer break. Told in haltingly mushy, sentimental tones, the film follows the boy and his friends as they discover their sexuality and their bodies. Then, when he meets , he grows truly fond of her while also becoming attracted to her sexually. It’s one of those movies that was probably really poignant when it first came out but hasn’t aged well since.  Michel Legrand contributes a beautiful, lush music score.

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