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Movie pamphlet promoting 'Slippery When Wet' and 'Surf Crazy'

Date: c 1966
Overall: 316 x 244 x 1 mm, 10 g
Medium: Printed ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Name: Pamphlet
Object No: 00017322
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    This promotional movie pamphlet is advertising the screening of two films by Bruce Brown, 'Slippery When Wet' and 'Surf Crazy', at the Avalon Theatre during the 1960s. The pamphlet features a photograph of a surfer riding a wave at Waimea Bay in Oahi, Hawaii.
    SignificanceThis movie pamphlet illustrates the role of surfing in popular culture, and is an important example of the promotional material associated with surf movies of this period.
    HistoryIn the 1960s surf art moved off the cover of surfing magazines and onto film posters promoting movies featuring young male surfers riding large waves in exotic locations. By the 1970s surfing films had shifted from the 1960s Hollywood beach party musicals produced for the broader community, to the 'soul-surfing' exploration of counterculture lifestyles. During this era films were either created in a documentary style, which targeted the surfing enthusiast, or as a fictional feature film with the focus on the reality of surfing.

    Produced in 1958, 'Slippery When Wet' was Bruce Brown's first surf film. The story follows five surfers on their dream trip to Hawaii, spending a winter living and surfing on the North Shore of Oahu on $100 a month. The film features an original musical score by jazz composer Bud Shank. The 1959 film, 'Surf Crazy', features a group of surfers travelling through Mexico, early clips of Californian surfing, and the big waves of Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach, Hawaii.
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    Web title: Movie pamphlet promoting 'Slippery When Wet' and 'Surf Crazy'

    Primary title: Promotional movie pamphlet of two films by Bruce Brown titled `Surf crazy' and `Slippery when wet' with photograph of surfer at Wiamea Bay Oahi in Hawaii

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