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Laura (1979)
"Laura, les ombres de l'été" (original title)

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Sculptor Paul meets a former great love again after a long time -- but is much more impressed by her 15 years old daughter Laura, who looks now like her mother when Paul was in love with ... See full summary »

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Sculptor Paul meets a former great love again after a long time -- but is much more impressed by her 15 years old daughter Laura, who looks now like her mother when Paul was in love with her. Laura likes him very much too, but her jealous mother prevents any further contact. She allows him to make a sculpture of Laura, but only from photos. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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In 1979, director and photographer David Hamilton published a photographic portfolio book, "Shadows of a Summer", to tie-in with the film. The film has often been subtitled with this title it being, "Laura, Shadows of a Summer", as is the case with the film's French title, "Laura, les ombres de l'été". See more »

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David Hamilton's most "notorious" film
9 November 2013 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is perhaps the most "notorious" film of pervy photographer/film director David Hamilton. As a still photographer, David Hamilton reputedly used some very young models (like the notorious Eve Ionesco), but I doubt any of the "actresses" in his "films" were south of the European age of consent of 16, and some, like Patty D'Arbanville, were actually young-looking women in their twenties. This film is only "notorious" perhaps because it's an established fact that the lead, American actress Dawn Dunlap, was 16 to 17 at the time and she spends a lot more screen time in her birthday suit than any other article of clothing. Still, ALL of Hamilton's film actresses are older than me, so I feel about as guilty watching his movies as I do fantasizing about the girls I knew in high school or the teenage babysitters I had as a kid.

The problem with this movie is that it is so "notorious" I could barely stay awake. The plot is pretty trite, the dubbed or (semi-dubbed) dialogue is awful, and the music. . .well, if you guilty about being attracted to Dunlap, watch her dancing naked to this horrid early 80's music a few times and it might just cure you. Former and future Swedish Bond girl Maud Adams is almost completely wasted in her role as Dunlap's dimwitted mother who lets her underage daughter model nude for her sculptor ex-lover. Maybe she's modeled after the permissive 70's stage mothers of Brook Shields, Eve Ionesco, and Samantha Gemser, but this guy is not just a photographer, he's a sculptor. Do you know how sculptors work? It's also pretty annoying how Hamilton is so single-minded in his perversion that he can't even indulge in a little mother-daughter fantasy by getting the voluptuous Adams in on the nudity.

I'm not saying anything about Dawn Dunlap in this because I don't want to sound like a drooling pervert, but a few years later (when she was of age in America) she appeared more or less undraped in "Mutant", "Barbarian Queen", and "Heartbreaker", which are all just as stupid as this movie, but more than worth it due to her nude scenes. As for this movie. .? Well, you can decide for yourself I guess.


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