By the Sea (1963)


Muscle Beach is a fascinating location for people-watching in the L.A. area, and in 1963, the strangeness of its sights was much more pronounced than today. Pat O’Neill’s first film (made with Robert Abel) progresses from humorous, curious observation to energetic, graphical interaction with the sights and sounds of Santa Monica’s famed beach.

Directors: Robert Abel, Pat O’Neill.


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One Comment

  1. K. Dehner
    March 11, 2024

    The last part of the film was shot in Kodalith, as I recall, a no longer used film stock. No grays, only blacks and whites.

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