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Summertime (1955)

Not Rated | | Romance, Drama | 7 November 1955 (UK)
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
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Phyl Yaeger
Jane Rose ...
Mrs. McIlhenny
MacDonald Parke ...
Mr. McIlhenny
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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All the pent-up yearning of her life was finally fulfilled ... amid the splendor of the world's most fabulous city! See more »

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Traum meines Lebens  »

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Trivia

In the French-dubbed version, known as "Vacances à Venise" - released in October 1955, Katharine Hepburn is dubbed by Jacqueline Porel, Isa Miranda by Lita Recio, Darren McGavin by Jean-Claude Michel, Mari Aldon by Claude Winter, Jane Rose by Denise Grey, Mc Donald Parkeby Jean Toulout and André Morell by Roger Tréville. Rossano Brazzi dubbed himself as he was fluent in French. See more »

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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 »

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Signora Fiorini: When in Italy, you should meet Italians!
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Summertime In Venice
English lyric by Carl Sigman
Italian Lyric by Pinchi
Music by Icini
Published by MCA Music, New York, NY
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Shimmering Venice
20 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

David Lean's film version of the Arthur Laurents play, THE TIME OF THE CUCKOO, which starred Shirley Booth, is a shimmering and beautiful valentine set in Venice, but one with a touch of realism.

Katharine Hepburn stars as a mousy secretary from Akron who saves for years to have an adventure. She's a spunky and self-sufficient gal who yearns to find love. She arrives in Venice and is immediately under the city's spell even though she's always running into the crass couple from Illinois. As she wanders the city, she's befriended by a tough little boy who is savvy in the way of tourists and thievery.

She spots a man (Rossano Brazzi) several times in San Marco plaza and one day wanders into his shop to buy a red goblet. She is stunned that the owner is the same man. He pursues her but her puritanical streak flares up when she discovers he is married.

As the weeks pass she discovers all sorts of seamy thing about the owner of the pensione (Isa Miranda) and other guests (Darren McGavin, Mari Aldon) and even herself and what's she's willing to settle for.

The ending at the train station is beautifully shot and justifiably famous. Indeed the entire film is an eyeful of beauty, and Venice, with its canals, bridges, and ancient towers is breathtaking. The film also contains the famous scene where Hepburn falls into the canal. In Kevin Brownlow's biography of Lean, the director admits that there were nets in the water to prevent Hepburn from sinking to the bottom of the canal which was full of garbage.

This is a stunningly beautiful film with a slim story that nevertheless boasts great performances from Hepburn and Brazzi. The supporting cast is also very good, including Jane Rose and MacDonald Parke as the tourists, Jeremy Spencer as Brazzi's son, Andre Morell as the man on the train, and Gaetano Autiero as the street kid.

Hepburn won an Oscar nomination.


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