Summer of '42 (9-Apr-1971)
Director: Robert Mulligan
Writer: Herman Raucher
Keywords: Drama, Coming of Age
Review by anonymous (posted on 12-May-2006)
This movie has always been one of my
favorites I suppose because I lived through those WWII days. The dance
encounter of Dorothy and Hermie is one of the most magical moments in
all filmdom. I have always been puzzled why Dorothy, who had no
interest in Hermie, would seduce him on the day she heard of her
husband's death. I was astounded to learn recently that the movie is
basically an account of a true episode in the life of Herman Raucher.
Review by Thomas Anderson (posted on 17-Dec-2007)
It's not unusual for a woman who has lost her husband in war or in an accident to crave sex with another male -- and the sooner the better. This naturally arouses a sense of guilt and thus few women ever act on this need, and of course it would be extremely embarrassing if any family or friends discovered what she had done. In Summer of '42, however, everything falls into place without the usual complications.
A beautiful film that pushes a lot of buttons -- but quietly.
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