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Summertime (1955)

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A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.



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Complete credited cast:
Renato de Rossi
Signora Fiorini
Eddie Yaeger
Mari Aldon ...
Phyl Yaeger
Jane Rose ...
Mrs. McIlhenny
MacDonald Parke ...
Mr. McIlhenny
Jeremy Spenser ...
Vito de Rossi
Gaetano Autiero ...
Virginia Simeon ...


Jane Hudson, a jaunty as well as attractive middle-aged secretary from Akron, Ohio, has finally made it to Venice, Italy, for her long-awaited dream vacation. Never-married Jane is a self-described "independent type" who's content, or so she claims, to go it mostly alone, armed with her movie camera. Jane soon discovers that even in a city as beautiful and fascinating as Venice, going it alone can still leave one feeling terribly lonely. All that is about to change, starting with a brief encounter at an outdoor café in the Piazza San Marco, where Jane draws the attention of a handsome antiques-shop owner named Renato de Rossi. Written by Eugene Kim <>

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What "3 Coins in the Fountain" did for Rome ... ... "Summertime" does for Venice! See more »


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Release Date:

7 November 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Traum meines Lebens  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Roberto Rossellini wanted to make the film with Ingrid Bergman in the lead. See more »


The amount of wine in Di Rossi's glass when he first sees Jane - the glass is empty, then full. See more »


Jane Hudson: Nobody's older than me!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over various paintings, where the subjects are European scenes. See more »


Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Katharine Hepburn (1962) See more »


Overture to 'La Gazza Ladra'
Music by Gioachino Rossini
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The Venice of "Summertime," in the Piazza San Marco, is indeed unique…

Jane Hudson (Katherine Hepburn), a middle-aged American school teacher, arrives in Venice, fulfilling a lifelong dream… On her first evening, she has an encounter with Mauro, an enterprising little street child, who becomes her unofficial escort… But in the evening, while seating in a crowded café, she sees a handsome man in a gray flannel suit... Her first instinctive reaction was to oppose, pay the bill, escape, and keep out of sight...

The next evening, she sits alone to take a drink in the Piazza San Marco, but with a wandering eye… As the violins begin playing 'Summertime in Venice', Jane would turn away in a heart beat to see Renato passing by… To hide her anxiousness, she inclines the chair next to her, pretending that she is expecting a company... Jane has come to Venice to find a handsome, unmarried hero of her dreams... But she is furious and resentful... She really can't understand what she is doing...

The most advantageous thing about David Lean's 'Summertime' is its sensitive portrait of the loneliness that holds back the fancy secretary, a desperately single heroine whose search for romance and adventure is prevented less by cultural differences than by her own feeling defenses...

Hepburn is a pleasant tourist with great magnetism... Rossano Brazzi is too powerful, tempting and charming as Renato, the Venetian who couldn't catch a fallen white gardenia in one of the canals of his town…

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