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 somehow manages to be exhilaratingly inspiring, magnificently beautiful, endearingly goofy, an incredible time capsule documentary, a surprisingly educational travelogue, and a real life dream all in its 95 minutes. The film is unforgettable, and as long as man keeps searching for the perfect wave it will live on. Thus, it is truly an endless summer.
A gentle, joyful movie about the pleasure of surfing and the camaraderie of the riders of waves. It's not about the big waves and the big names, though they're mentioned, it's just about living the lifestyle. And the laid back, friendly style of the movie embodies the style of the people. It's an engaging look at the surf scene in the 60s that even captures a non-surfer audience's rapt attention.
It's impossible to dislike movie. It's both hilarious and informative. Even if you aren't into surfing, you can still fully appreciate and enjoy it.
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