Film reel of "The Endless Summer" movie released in 1964

These two gray plastic film canisters contain an original print of The Endless Summer movie written, produced and directed by Bruce Brown in 1964. Brown also served as the narrator of this surf ‘diary’ following two young surfers for one summer, around the globe, in search of the “perfect wave.” It was in limited release in 1964 and released worldwide in 1966 grossing $5 million domestically and over $20 million worldwide. Its simplicity was part of its enduring appeal and while naïve and corny to today’s audiences it was an integral part of surf history. The Endless Summer introduced the world to surfing, a nation of bored teens to the idea of travel and created a popularity of surf culture that endures today.
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Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
metal (overall material)
film (overall material)
overall: 1 in x 15 in; 2.54 cm x 38.1 cm
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Motion Pictures
Entertainment, Film
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National Museum of American History