High Museum of Art: Films


Staff Picks: Summer Movies by Linda Dubler
June 19, 2009, 2:44 pm
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Museum staff weigh in on their favorite summer beach movies.

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10

10

10  (1979)
Cinque Reeves, Security Officer

I’d have to go with 10 from Blake Edwards for the most memorable beach scenes. Just thinking about George trying to walk on the hot sand makes me laugh. It’s probably one of Dudley Moore’s best performances.

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Endless Summer

Endless Summer

The Endless Summer (1966)
Dana Haugaard, Coordinator of Facilities

My favorite summer beach movie is also the one of my favorites for the middle of winter: The 1966 documentary The Endless Summer by Bruce Brown. It is as carefree as every summer should be, and the soundtrack cannot be beat.

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One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer

One Crazy Summer (1986)
Emily Beard, Web Content Coordinator

This movie is basically exactly the same as Savage Steve’s other Cusack vehicle Better Off Dead, except instead of snow there’s sand, and in lieu of a French exchange student, you get Demi Moore with hippie braids. There’s the rich-boy bully, his hot 80s girlfriend, sidekicks Bobcat Goldthwait and a Murray brother, a vindictive 9-year-old, drive-ins and cartoons. Even when it tries to be serious it isn’t, and that’s what makes it an excellent beach movie.

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Shag

Shag

Shag (1989)
Berry Lowden, Curatorial Assistant, Decorative Arts and Design

1. Myrtle Beach in the 60s
2. Bouffant hair
3. Shag dancing
4. Making out in vintage 60’s cars
5. Racy Bridget Fonda routines with American flags (errr….)

It’s a keeper!

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Weekend at Bernie's

Weekend at Bernie's

Weekend at Bernies (1989)
Danielle Avram, Curatorial Assistant, Modern & Contemporary and Photography

It may be embarrassing to admit, but Weekend at Bernies is one of my all-time favorite guilty pleasures. We had a VHS copy when I was a kid and actually destroyed it from watching it so many times.


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I must concur that Shag is a fantastic summer flick. I would also have to add another dance-tastic addition along the same lines but further up the east coast hidden in the Catskils…DIRTY DANCING…”Nobody puts Baby in the corner!”

Comment by Lauren

I love this list! Hmm, I’m thinking I’d add Inkwell and The War – 94′ may have been the only year I enjoyed throwback summer films.

Comment by Raf

This message is for Berry, I dont know how I came across this list, but any way. George Awsumb (sp?) should’ve taught you that National Lampoon’s Vacation is the greatest summer movie. anyway if you get this hollar at me.

Comment by Jeff Glover




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