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Summertime (1955)

 -  Romance | Drama  -  7 November 1955 (UK)
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A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.

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Renato de Rossi
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Signora Fiorini
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Eddie Yaeger
Mari Aldon ...
Phyl Yaeger
Jane Rose ...
Mrs. McIlhenny
MacDonald Parke ...
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Jeremy Spenser ...
Vito de Rossi
Gaetano Autiero ...
Mauro
Virginia Simeon ...
Giovanna
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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 <gene_kim@earthlink.net>

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Let's clear this up:
6 August 2001 | by (NY NY) – See all my reviews

As someone who has viewed Summertime 5 or 6 times a year for its beauty alone, I can clear up a few questions: Jane Hudson has come to Venice for a relatively short vacation for which "she has waited such a long time" and "saved for so very long." She's a "fancy secretary" she says. It's easy to surmise from the action of the film that she is spending somewhere between one and two weeks in Venice. (They meet, she resists, she gives in, the go off for a weekend on the isle of Burano.)She's not rich and neither is he.

As for Renato's attraction to the prim Jane: first it's her ankle and calf, when he spots her at the cafe in Piazza San Marco. Next, it's her awkward shyness when she catches him looking at her. He is absolutely ga-ga over her "innocence" and sets his sights on the conquest. (The two of them play this nearly wordless scene brilliantly. I'd think anybody with a soul and two eyes would get it.)Then, naturally, when his heat is turned onto her and she blooms, he can't get enough.

She was 48 and he 39 when the film was released.


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