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Laura (1979)

Laura, les ombres de l'été (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 18 June 1980 (USA)
Sculptor Paul meets a former great love again after a long time -- but is much more impressed by her 15-year-old daughter, Laura, who looks like her mother when Paul was in love with her. ... See full summary »

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David Hamilton

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David Hamilton (story), Joe Morheim (as Joe Morhaim) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Maud Adams ... Sarah
Dawn Dunlap ... Laura
James Mitchell James Mitchell ... Paul Thomas Wyler
Maureen Kerwin ... Marline Royer
Pierre Londiche Pierre Londiche ... Richard Moore
Thierry Redler Thierry Redler ... Costa
Louise Vincent Louise Vincent ... Madame Flory
William Milié William Milié ... Le chorégraphe (as William Millie)
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Sculptor Paul meets a former great love again after a long time -- but is much more impressed by her 15-year-old daughter, Laura, who looks 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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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 June 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Laura, Shadows of a Summer See more »

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France

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Mono

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Color
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This movie and Tattoo (1981) represented two of few significant lead roles in cinema movies for actress Maud Adams outside of the James Bond film franchise. Adams was a Bond Girl in both Octopussy (1983) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). See more »

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Pseudo-artistic and empty
27 January 1999 | by doktor dSee all my reviews

Laura, Les Ombres De L'ete

David Hamilton does a great job expressing his seeming obsession with pre-pubescent ballet dancers in Laura, Les Ombres De L'ete. Possibly one of the worst (and most boring) "art house" pictures ever made, professional photographer/amateur filmmaker Hamilton drowns in his excessive use of soft focus, pseudo-artistic fadeouts, and nudity, devices employed to make up for the shallow plot.

After seeing teenaged Laura (Dawn Dunlap) at ballet class, sculptor Paul Thomas Wyler (James Mitchell) knows that he must sculpt this beautiful little girl, just as he had done with her mother Sarah (Maud Adams) 20 or so years prior. But Sarah can see through his superficial intentions and tries her best to keep her very curious daughter from posing for this oh-so-artistic womanizer.

Laura contains several sequences of excessive nudity (mostly of young Dunlap) and there is no doubt that Hamilton's subjects are quite attractive; in fact, the photo-shoot scenes, with Sarah taking endless pictures of her naked daugher prancing around (including a few gymnastic poses), are certainly provocative. But like Hamilton's other exploitative French productions, the story is built around these sequences and without them there is little else to interest the viewer. The film comes across as heavy-handed, pretentious, and, ultimately, empty. Some termed this soft-core when it was released but the film simply isn't graphic enough to qualify for the category. -- David Ross Smith


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