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