The Endless Summer

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Just as surfing is more lifestyle than sport, The Endless Summer is more movement than movie. It disrupted a lot of the conventions of documentary filmmaking that preceded it. Long, sumptuous shots of its main characters surfing are broken up by funny, charming scenes of them interacting with the people of the different countries they visit. There’s a palpable innocence to the movie — the humor is simple, there’s nothing in the way of plot or story, the cinematography is raw, and since it was all shot on 16mm film, even all of the audio is either voice over from the director speaking straight to the audience, or songs from the iconic soundtrack.

But the movie itself isn’t the important part. The Endless Summer introduced many people to the world of surfing, and introduced many people who already knew about surfing to the idea of traveling the world. It started with a simple premise: what if you could travel around the globe chasing the summer season, perpetually finding new spots to surf? But the underlying idea proved a lot more seductive that the movie itself even realized: to stay forever in the haven of your youth, to be forever young. The summer of The Endless Summer, the summer of 1964, never really ended, because by capturing it on film we can all travel back any time we please. Come back with us, and say goodbye to the summer of 2016, with Tampa Theatre’s screening of The Endless Summer.

1966 / 1h 35m / PG / Documentary
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By: Tampa Theatre

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