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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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(based on the original play "The Time of the Cuckoo"), (screenplay) (as H.E.Bates) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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Eddie Yaeger
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Phyl Yaeger
Jane Rose ...
Mrs. McIlhenny
MacDonald Parke ...
Mr. McIlhenny
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Vito de Rossi
Gaetano Autiero ...
Virginia Simeon ...
Giovanna
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Storyline

The American secretary Jane Hudson travels from Ohio to Venice. Jane is a middle-age single and lonely woman that have saved money for her dream trip. On the arrival, she immediately befriends the owner of the boarding house Signora Fiorini. During the night, she goes to a café and an Italian helps her to call the waiter. Jane feels sort of uncomfortable for being alone and on the next day, she sees a red glass goblet in the window of an antique store. The owner Renato de Rossi, who is the man that helped her, explains that it is an ancient goblet from the Eighteenth Century and therefore expensive; then he also explains that she should always bargain for a lower price in Venice. Jane recognizes Renato from the previous night and becomes clumsy. Soon Renato woos her but the needy Jane is afraid to love. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It Happens to Hepburn - It Happens in Venice! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

7 November 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

David Lean's Production of Summertime  »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director David Lean said filming on location in Italy was expensive because he had to pay local merchants whose customers were scared off by the camera equipment and crew. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Signora Fiorini: When in Italy, you should meet Italians!
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Katharine Hepburn: All About Me (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Overture to 'La Gazza Ladra'
(excerpt) (uncredited)
Music by Gioachino Rossini
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I live in Venice.. And all I can say is that it's delightful
12 September 2003 | by (Venice, Italy) – See all my reviews

I've seen this movie quite a few times on televison, but during the 2003 60th Venice Film Festival I had the opportunity to see it on a big, big screen in a brand new copy.

Well, miss Hepburn's acting is breath taking, one of the few times she incarnates a woman so vulnerable, and she does it to perfection. And the tone and mood of the entire pic, while a little bit too "touristic", are absolutely sweet and romantic. I live in Venice, and can surely say that seeing what's on screen, I'm sure David Lean did fall in love with this city

Only one minor (really minor) flair: some scenes were filmed in winter, not in summer, since the Moors of San Marco Square's clock only appear once a year, at Christmas time (and seeing the movie on a big screen, it was possible to notice that while the Moors were striking the hours, people on the back ground, although out of focus, were wearing coats and furs)..


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