Last Summer (1969)
First screened in August 1999 / Most recently screened in May 2016
Director: Frank Perry. Cast: Barbara Hershey, Richard Thomas, Bruce Davison, Catherine Burns, Conrad Bain, Ernesto Gonzalez, Lou Gary, Andrew Krance, Wayne Mayer. Screenplay: Eleanor Perry (based on the novel by Evan Hunter).

Twitter Capsule: Sun-dappled, late-60s ancestor to Breillat's Fat Girl, finding the violent energies in teenage friendship. Unnerving.

VOR:   Hard to see these days, like most of Perry's movies, but this one especially deserves a revival. Rides a razor's edge between exploitation and uncommon sensitivity. Fiercely structured.

Photo © 1969 Allied Artists Pictures/Francis Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B+

(in August 1999: A–)

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Catherine Burns

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