The film "Summer 42" (Summer of 42) also known as "There was once a summer," despite not having one mega-budget Hollywood production, is very rich in quality and content. It is a novel that tells the story of Dorothy and the beautiful passage from adolescence to three boys and is set in a small town is an island in the Pacific Ocean.
It all starts on the beach with scenes of Nantucket Island, narrated by writer Herman Raucher himself, a man of middle age who have memories that are packed and dispersed by a melancholic and delicate music that is played on the piano, whose author is a of the greatest composers of cinema: French Michel Legrand. When finished, Raucher is watching the sea and the island, recalling the summer he had lived there in 1942.
He returns to the past and relive Hermie (Gary Grimes), then a boy and his friends - the outspoken Oscy (Jerry Houser) and shy, Benjie (Oliver Conant) who will spend summer vacations with their parents on an island.
Like any teenager in the age of 14 years, all three are beginning to discover the mysteries of sex and seduction. But each has a different view on the long-awaited first time.
For Oscy cocky, what matters is the amount of women he will meet and "win" this holiday season, while the fearful Benjie gets a cold sweat at the thought of approaching a girl. Hermie is the most serious and mature, and thinks only know a special woman and live a great love.
Amid the banter, the three find themselves with a newly married young soldier who takes his wife to his house, secluded beach. The boys are mesmerized by her beauty, especially Hermie, who can not take it more thought.
It seems that the desire to Hermie is very close to become reality when he meets Dorothy (Jennifer O''Neill), a woman much older than him.
We are in the summer of 1942, Pearl Harbor, this time, had been bombed in December 1941 by the Japanese and the United States was at war with the axis countries. Dorothy just say goodbye to her husband and is now spending time on the island while waiting for his return. He is a pilot of the military, sent to fight in World War 2.
At first both become good friends, but with the passage of time, a strong sense invades the heart of the young Hermie and he is sure that love is. Dorothy begins to feel a special affection for that boy and by the end of the summer they will engage in a beautiful love story.
This film has many striking scenes, such as one day, that Dorothy goes to the commercial center of town, shopping and dropping packets, Hermie and appears willing to give a "strong man" runs to help her and offers to carry them to her house. Thereafter, he returns to his home, invited her to help her save some heavy boxes in the attic - Dorothy climbs the ladder with a short blouse and a very short and he is looking down at her legs, when Hermie going up the stairs, their legs are shaking.
Also memorable are the sequences of the film, in which the stallion has a crush on the blonde Oscy Miriam (Christopher Harris), along with Hermie that is the brunette named Aggie (Katherine Allentuck) and the funny thing is that anyone who sees this movie "Summer of 42 ", watches over the other that is happening in cinema than themselves and Oscy Hermie, who are more concerned with trying to get a" silly hand "the girls.
And what about the scenes where our hero is going to buy condoms at the pharmacy, which does not cease to be a nonsense for us, but that is so important and yet so scary for a teenager like him.
These and other passages are told with great simplicity. It is a story of ordinary people, which could happen with each one of us. Well directed by Robert Mulligan and interpreted by a good cast, although no big stars. Perhaps because of this, because it made so unpretentious and real, cause us such a good impression.
With so many merits, "Summer of 42" was awarded four Academy Award nominations, being the best photography, Robert Surtees; Folmar Blangsted best editing, original screenplay for Herman Raucherd and the soundtrack to Michel Legrand who won the award best music. The film also had nominations for the Golden Globe and Bafta, in total there were four other awards and ten nominations.
"Summer 42" manages to convey the lover of cinema magic of being a teenager and being in love for the first time, sometimes so bitter and nostalgic, but mostly with great sensitivity.