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Last Summer in the Hamptons 1996 R

3.6 out of 5 stars (16) IMDb 6.1/10

"Filmed entirely on location in East Hampton, Long Island, LAST SUMMER IN THE HAMPTONS concerns a large theatrical family spending the last weekend of their summer together at the decades-old family retreat which economic circumstances have forced them to put it on the market.

Victoria Foyt, Viveca Lindfors
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Henry Jaglom
Starring Victoria Foyt, Viveca Lindfors
Supporting actors Jon Robin Baitz, Savannah Smith Boucher, Roscoe Lee Browne, Andre Gregory, Nick Gregory, Melissa Leo, Roddy McDowall, Martha Plimpton, Ron Rifkin, Diane Salinger, Brooke Smith, Kristoffer Tabori, Holland Taylor, Henry Jaglom, Arnold Leo, Joseph Feury, Barbara Flood, Michael Emil
Studio Rainbow Releasing
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
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Format: VHS Tape
In this film about a family of histrionic folk, a successful but rather dim Hollywood star comes in search of work. She encounters people who believe in the theatre as art while meeting those who have felt manipulated into acting when they would rather be doing otherwise. "Hamptons" is a worthwhile character study. It reminds me of international films which commit more to character development than plot. I thought often of Woody Allen's work (Hannah and Her Sisters) and while this film insists on dialogue to flesh out its cast, I never found this technique distracting. Jaglom also works in typical 90's characters such as the playwright who happens to be gay. He appears to be the male protagonist of the film and the various ambitious actors around him eagerly await his new work, largely for their own selfish purposes. I struggle to recommend this film to all. Instead, I would say, if one finds intelligent, insightful talk interesting, if one finds complex characters worthwhile, if one likes eccentric humor, then this film might possess the merit for a rental.
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I rarely take the time to sit and write movie or book reviews, but having seen all these negative reviews for "Last Summer in the Hamptons" I feel compelled to speak my piece.
What is so powerful here is not the dysfunctionality of the family portrayed within, but what is at the core of this dysfunctionality: it is the inability of its members to walk away from its greatness, its fame within the highest circles of the artistic world. This movie is, in a way, a modern "Buddenbrooks", but it delves much more deeply into the reasons for the family's implosion. From the teenager who is pathologically rebellious because, as she explains to her cousins, it is the only way she can find to establish her independence from this great theatrical institution which is her family; to the brilliant director who, in order to create, has renounced, monk-like fashion, all sexual contact; to the most deeply studied pair of characters: the brother and sister pair who are so caught up in the web of their family, that their own sexual passions are trapped within the family, self-directed in an incestuous relationship.
This is the saga of a family which is admired, coveted, and idolized from outside, yet whose members are suffocating under the weight and tremendous magnet of its fame. It is a family which is the embodiment of Blake's sick rose.
This is a great movie, or a great play; it is a very powerful piece which will stay with you for a long time.
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Format: DVD
I am finally purchasing the DVD after having paid many rental fees for this movie.This was the first of several excellent Henry Jaglom films that I have seen and remains my favorite. This is an inside look at Theater and Movie people and their idiosyncrasies as well as the machinations and back-biting of Actors wanting the lead in an upcoming Play. It is also a turning point in a family's history,since the matriarch of the family has decided to sell the summer home in the Hamptons. I find the acting,writing and direction to be superb. One of the best moments in the film is with Vivica Lindfors and Victoria Foyt discussing what it's like to be acting in front of a camera and they are viewing a movie Viveca appeared in with Errol Flynn. It has such a feeling of truth to it. Also, all the family members characters project the history and shared experience between them beautifully. If you like great ensemble acting,quirky characters,humor and poignant moments, then this is a film for you!
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This is the second Henry Jaglom film I have watched (Deja Vu was the first), and I enjoy the rough but immediate feel of both these films. Deja Vu seemed very cinema verite, while Last Summer seems less so. That could reflect that the approach works better in this film or that it was more scripted. Not sure which.

It is very talky, and that does tend to make the movie a bit slow in pacing. However, I like how his movies unfold. There standard plot devices and progression are tossed aside in favor of characterization and interplay between the characters. This makes the film far less predictable and truer to life. It also allows for the characters to be understood as you get to know them, and even for certain aspects of them to remain unresolved.

For me the key to the movie is the first scene - the one before the credits start. In this scene the eldest member of the family consuls her granddaughter about how to make sense of a part she is playing. I'm paraphrasing, but the essence of it was that acting is learning. It's about what happens to you from the moment the scene starts to when it ends. I drew this as a parallel to the entire movie. Each character (and really all of us) are going from scene to scene in life, and perhaps the trick is what happens between the start and end. The one thing I'd love to learn is what that word the grandmother uses to describe the event at the house means. No one in the family knows, but I bet Jaglom does and it probably is a big key to understanding the movie at a deeper level.

Jaglom has created a movie that is an atom smasher with characters as the atoms. If you like the idea of seeing flawed, intelligent creative people interacting and combusting and arriving at where they arrive, then you'll love this movie. If you need something a little bit more'd better pass.
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