The Endless Summer (1966)
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Part surfing film, part travelogue, occasionally even anthropological study and wildlife film, ultimately it visually taps into the wanderlust that sends us to far-flung beaches in search of an escape from life that we can't find at home.
Brown leaves analysis of the surf-cult mystique to seagoing sociologists, but demonstrates quite spiritedly that some of the brave souls mistaken for beachniks are, in fact, converts to a difficult, dangerous and dazzling sport.
Shunning the tons of equipment ordinarily taken along on location, Brown used only what he could carry. The beautiful photography he brought home almost makes you wonder if Hollywood hasn't been trying too hard.
Audience Reviews for The Endless Summer
"The Endless Summer" is a great movie to watch when you just want to relax and see a good movie. It's about a couple of surfers who go around the world trying to find the perfect wave. You'll see them travel to many places while they try to find the best surfing spots the world has to offer. Really, the movie's not completely about surfing, it's about being young and free and just enjoying yourself. I've been to the ocean several times, but I've never really tried to surf, but I really liked this movie. The scenery and photography is done as well as it could've been and the storyline is interesting and it will keep you watching the whole time without you getting bored any.
I recommend anybody to get "The Endless Summer." NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2000.
A relaxed, beautiful look at an American sub-culture, The Endless Summer is a wonderful little film about the longest summer vacation ever.
At the end, Bruce Brown says, "I hope you liked my film." And, the answer is, yes, Bruce, I did! This laid-back documentary perfectly gives the audience an idea of what surfing is all about. It's about being one with nature and going with the flow of life. Here, it's just two guys traveling the world looking for the perfect wave. It starts quietly and ends quietly. No dialogue, just Bruce Brown providing his humorous narration throughout. Deservedly the classic surfing documentary!
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