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‘Tenet’ and the Most Important Summer Movies Ever

Summer movies have come a long way—and after this year’s lost summer, their future is uncertain

Christopher Nolan’s new film, Tenet, has been delayed yet again. In our latest video essay with Ringer contributor Adam Nayman, he takes a look at what lasting impact Tenet might have this year, before diving deep into the changing history of summer and the movies. From the ’60s beach party films, to Jaws reinventing the blockbuster, to the advent of superhero movies and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, summer movies have come a long way—and after this year’s lost summer, their future is uncertain.