Summer of 42 : Landscapes from a Cult Classic

A coming-of-age film set on the island of Nantucket in World War II USA is the inspiration for this outstanding build that will fascinate any visitor.

Summer of 42 is a newly constructed region based on landscapes featured in the movie of the same name. The film is an American coming-of-age love story set in the summer of 1942 against the backdrop of the Second World War. It is based on the true memoirs of screenwriter Herman Raucher who embarked on a one-sided romance with a young woman named Dorothy, whose husband had gone off to fight in the war.

Widely considered one of the most successful films at the time of its release in 1971, this movie has continued to wow audiences through the decades. The landscape of this region is based on various scenes featured in the movie. The true events detailed in Summer of ’42 happened on Nantucket Island, located a short ferry distance from Cape Cod, where Herman (popularly referred to as Hermie in the movie) spent his summer vacations.

The Harbor

After several successful and popular builds like :Oxygen: and The Chocolate Factory, Summer of 42 is another feather in Justice Vought and SixDigital’s cap. In fact the region which houses Summer of 42, Element, is located adjacent to the :Oxygen: sim and can be accessed easily on foot from there.

The Beach

One could say that Summer of 42 is loosely inspired by the landscape of Nantucket Island during World War II. Movie buffs will be able to recognize several locations based on scenes which feature in the movie. Perhaps the most iconic one out of these is Dorothy’s cottage, sitting atop a small dune next to the beach. The barrier beach next to Dorothy’s cottage also features heavily in the film and has been re-created in the virtual world with utmost attention to detail.

Interiors of Dorothy’s Cottage

Along the beach, one can find several spots to sit, pose and take some really great pictures. The sea gulls, which form an essential part of the Nantucket landscape, also feature at various places along the beach and the harbor. I was thoroughly impressed with the interiors of Dorothy’s cottage. Every detail of the cottage is in tune with the times during which the film is set. In the bedroom, you can also see a mannequin wearing a wedding dress, which is perhaps a nod to the scene where Hermie sees her for the first time arriving with her husband.

The Town Street

The region also features a street in town with landmarks from some of the most iconic scenes in the movie. One of those would definitely be the cinema where Hermie and his friend, Oscy, attempt to “put the moves” on Miriam and Aggie, two girls they meet earlier. As a tribute to the original film which inspired this region, the board at the theater reads : “:Oxygen: Proudly Presents The Summer of ’42“. The posters of some other iconic films of the time such as King Kong, It’s a Wonderful Life and Casablanca can be seen outside.

The Railyard

Fans of the movie will instantly connect with many places in this region but even for those who haven’t watched the film, The Summer of 42 has plenty to offer. The barrier beaches, Dorothy’s cottage, the harbor, the railyard and the town street all provide some really great opportunities for photographers. For permissions to rez props, however, one needs to join the :Oxygen: group for a cost of L$500, which gives you permission to rez at all their regions. Couples can enjoy a stroll on the beach, where they will find many places to spend a romantic moment with their partner.

The Summer of 42 provides a glimpse into the past while transporting you into the landscape of an iconic movie from the 70’s. Click HERE to visit this region inworld.

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