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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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All the pent-up yearning of her life was finally fulfilled ... amid the splendor of the world's most fabulous city! See more »


Romance | Drama


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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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The film's Venice premiere was to have been shown on the famed St. Mark's square so that most of the entire city could view it-until the Catholic Church nixed the idea. The Church objected due to the relationship between Jane and the married Renato. The premiere was held instead at the Palazzo Grassi. See more »


When Jane returns to the Antique Shop (minutes before she falls into the canal), as she is crossing the bridge, the camera pans to the shop, and the red goblet appears in the window. Moments later in the scene the goblet is gone, and there is a silver candelabra in the window. See more »


Signora Fiorini: When in Italy, you should meet Italians!
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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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28 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What a gem of a film this is!

Katharine Hepburn, David Lean, 1950's fashion and Venice herself. A bitter-sweet romantic comedy this film has all the right ingredients and takes you back to a time when Hollywood was still making movies that were a joy to watch and showed the stars and directors at their best.

Katharine Hepburn is glorious here. Forget all the Tracy/Hepburn wise-cracking comedies. Here she is allowed to shine. Here we see the comedy of "Bringing up Baby" honed down to a look here, a gesture there

  • but we also see what was to become the legendary vulnerability. She

was 48 when she made this film but she never looked lovelier and Lean photographs her in glorious Technicolour so that her freckled face and auburn hair radiate off the screen. These, together with her spunky personality capture the eye (and heart!) of Renato di Rossi (well played by Rossano Brazzi - eleven years KH's junior) and they play so well together. She as the lonely spinster experiencing love for the first time. He the married man flirting the holiday romance. Or is he?

The minor characters are a foil to the main action (rather like those in Brief Encounter) and work well.

A touching story. Well played, beautifully shot and still a tear-jerker some fifty five years after its release. Hepburn was nominated but missed out on the Oscar for this to Anna Magnini (who she?) for The Rose Tattoo(remember that? - thought not!) but hey, who needs an the Academy vote when you've got a team like this?

Highly recommended but have your Kleenex ready.

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