Laura (1979 film)

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Laura: Shadows of a Summer
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DVD cover
Directed by David Hamilton
Produced by Serge Laski
Malcolm J. Thomson
Written by David Hamilton
Joe Morhaim
André Szots
Starring Maud Adams
Dawn Dunlap
Music by Patrick Juvet
Cinematography Bernard Daillencourt
Edited by Joële Van Effenterre
Distributed by 21st Century Film Corporation
Release dates November 28, 1979 (1979-11-28)
Running time 95 minutes
Country France
Language French

Laura: Shadows of a Summer or (French: Laura, les ombres de l'été) is a 1979 French romantic drama film directed by photographer David Hamilton. Hamilton Himself made a cameo appearance in the film. It stars a then sixteen-year-old Dawn Dunlap as the title character.

Plot[edit]

James Mitchell plays Paul Wyler, a successful sculptor best known for sculpting nude young girls. When he encounters an old flame, Sarah (Maud Adams), he is so smitten by her beautiful daughter Laura that he asks Sarah if she will pose for him. Sarah, married but still jealous of the fact that her former lover is more attracted to her daughter, tells Paul that Laura is not interested, even though she is actually quite enthusiastic about doing it. As an alternative to live posing, Sarah takes photos of Laura posing nude and gives them to Paul so that he can sculpt Laura. After a fire at an art exhibit, though, Paul goes blind and cannot complete the sculpture. In the end, Laura, when going to say goodbye to Paul, allows him to finish his work by feeling her body and sculpting by feeling. This leads to a sexual encounter between the two, and the next morning Laura's mother comes to take her away.

Production[edit]

The film is shot in the same soft focus style that is common of David Hamilton's photography and his other films.

Cast[edit]

  • Maud Adams as Sarah Moore
  • Dawn Dunlap as Laura Moore
  • James Mitchell as Paul Thomas Wyler
  • Pierre Londiche as Richard Moore
  • Thierry Redler as Costa
  • Maureen Kerwin as Marline Royer
  • Gunilla Astrom as Diane
  • Katia Kofet as Claudie
  • Louise Vincent as Madame Flory
  • Luciano as Timothez Sega
  • Bill Millie as the choreographer

Companion book[edit]

In 1979, Hamilton released a portfolio tie-in with the film, entitled Shadows of a Summer.

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