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Barefoot Adventure

"By 1960 I had the making of my surf films down to a science, which was, basically, work my guts out. If the film was done right it looked effortless. People would say, "Boy, making that movie must have been a lot of fun." Somehow they'd be oblivious to the fact that I'd spent twelve hours a day for the last four months in an editing room and had skin the color of a man who's been locked in a closet for six years.

Getting these old films ready for video release brought back a lot of those memories. Like my other surf movies, the original elements of BAREFOOT ADVENTURE - film, narration, music - lay in bits and pieces in my attic. Most of the film had been taken apart for use in other projects. Weeks were spent opening unmarked film cans and viewing old surfing footage in search of missing shots. The shots, once found, were often held together by paper tape which, after 30 years, had turned to rock and fossilized onto the film. Removing the tape meant soaking the end of each shot in film cleaner for ten to twenty-five minutes until the tape softened from granite to mud and could be safely scraped off. I figure it took sixty hours of sitting in a darkened room, getting goofy from the fumes, just to remove the tape. I held up well under the strain, mainly because my son, Dana, did most of the work.

Looking at BAREFOOT ADVENTURE I am still amazed how good Del Cannon was as an amateur actor. Dana refers to Del as the "Sir Lawrence Olivier of surf films" which hits the nail on the head and shows that film cleaner fumes don't cause brain damage." -Bruce Brown

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Original score by jazz great Bud Shank
Classic South Shore Surfing at queens, 3's

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Movie Details

  • Rating
    Not Rated
  • Release Year
    1960
  • Running Time
    71:44
  • Language
    English
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About Producer

Bruce Brown's first film Barefoot Adventure established him as a major player in the genre. His footage was solid, his editing good too, but what set his films apart were his original jazz soundtracks by Bud Shank and Brown's casual narrative style seemed to embody all that was truely cool about surfing and surfers. He followed with Slippery When Wet in '61, Waterlogged in '62, Surfing Hollow Days in '63, then in 1964 Bruce released The Endless Summer which was to become the most popular and widely seen surf film of all-time.

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  • Running Time
    71:44
  • Screen Format
    Fullframe
  • File Size
    813.14 MB
  • Resolution
    SD | 640x480
  • Language and Sound
    English: Stereo
  • Additional Features
    Chapter Markers

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  • Running Time
    71:44
  • Screen Format
    Fullframe
  • Resolution
    SD | 640x480
  • Language and Sound
    English: Stereo
  • Compatible With
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