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Last Summer Won't Happen

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Shot in 1968, one year after the Summer of Love, LAST SUMMER WON'T HAPPEN is a critical yet sympathetic examination of the anti-war movement in New York City. The film traces the development group of activists on the Lower East Side. We see their growth from isolated, alienated individuals to a politically empowered community.

Filmed between the protests at the Pentagon and the demonstrations at the Democratic Convention in Chicago, it includes portraits of Abbie Hoffman, editor Paul Krassner, folksinger Phil Ochs and anarchist Tom Osha Neumann.

Bonus film: TIME OF THE LOCUST by Peter Gessner (1966, 13 min.) Compiled from American news film, Vietnamese National Liberation Front combat footage, and unreleased material filmed by Japanese Television camera units, this by-now classic film provides one of the strongest treatises against the war in Vietnam.


While LAST SUMMER WON'T HAPPEN is ostensibly about life in New York's East Village, its essential concern is with young revolutionists who find the hippies a useful symbol of revolt against capitalism, materialism, and technology. It is a fascinating film, troubling and troubled, and its jumble of styles encompasses the lyrical, pseudo-dramatic, didactic and auto-critical... it is born of an uncertainty about new ways of organizing life and art. --Joseph Morgenstern, Newsweek

A useful counter-balance... to the sentimental view of hippies given by the commercial cinema... --The Daily Telegraph

The filmmakers did not obviously limited themselves to a task of mere information, nor were they cut off by the wall that a camera often creates: successfully assimilated with their tools, they found themselves 'inside' the milieu, realizing the sine qua non of cinema verite... --Bianco e Nero

Product Details

  • Actors: Abbie Hoffman, Paul Krassner, Phil Ochs, Tom Neumann
  • Directors: Peter Gessner, Tom Hurwitz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Icarus Films
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,790 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Agaboo on August 26, 2013
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For anyone interested in hearing something new from Phil Ochs, this is not a place to start. It is mostly point of views from various people from the movement. Not enough of Abbie Hoffman and Phil Ochs, but Abbie does have a couple interesting comments, especially his talk to the parent association. You can see he even surprised himself with what he had to say. This is an extremely dry video and should only be purchased if you need it for a class or a die hard from that period of time.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam on March 13, 2014
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I purchased this movie because it said it featured Phil Ochs and Abbie Hoffman. Ochs says one line and is only featured for 10 seconds. The same clip of Ochs is available in "There But For Fortune". Hoffman is only featured for a little over 10 minutes. He does give an interesting, but highly edited speech.

The rest of the movie focuses on "troubled" youth in New York. But they're really just some spoiled, bratty kids who are hopped up on dope and don't want to work or go to school. One is really creepy and tries to sell spooky drawings to a newspaper.

I would recommend this title to anyone who has $22 and one hour to spare. But even then, - just buy porn or something. This isn't worth a dime and should be available for free use.
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