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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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Cast

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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
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Vito de Rossi
Gaetano Autiero ...
Mauro
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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What "3 Coins in the Fountain" did for Rome ... ... "Summertime" does for Venice! See more »

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Romance | Drama

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Release Date:

7 November 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Traum meines Lebens  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story was also later adapted as a Broadway musical called "Do I Hear A Waltz" by Arthur Laurents with songs by Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim. The show opened at the 46th Street Theatre on March 18th, 1965 and ran for 220 performances. Laurents later revised the script and a new production was staged in 2000 at the Pasadena Playhouse in New Jersey. Recordings of both productions are available for purchase on specialist websites. See more »

Goofs

When Jane gives Mauro a cigarette in Campo San Stefano, she does not light it for him. He appears to have no means of lighting it, unless he has matches in his pocket. Yet, a split-second later, as Jane is walking away, Mauro is puffing away on the cigarette. See more »

Quotes

Renato de Rossi: You are like a hungry child who is given ravioli to eat. 'No' you say, 'I want beefsteak!' My dear girl, you are hungry. Eat the ravioli.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: On the Sunny Side of the Screen (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Fragile bittersweet romance amid gorgeous Italian settings...
3 June 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

"Summertime" is more of a mood piece than anything else. It captures the loneliness of a traveler in a foreign land, in this case a spinster who is hungry for love but too repressed to accept the love Rossano Brazzi offers. It has a bittersweet ending, appropriate for a thin story that sets the tone early on and never once makes us believe that Hepburn is going to find her true love in Venice.

The photography is gorgeous and must have had everyone heading for the nearest travel bureau for a tour of Italy when the film was released. The performances are all excellent--but the film belongs to Hepburn. She creates one of her most moving and truthful portraits--sensitively showing us what this woman feels as she watches others pairing off for affairs, alone and unable to really connect. The sexual mores of the 1950s permeate the film--the sexual revolution was just over the horizon but not yet evident.

One of Hepburn's most subtle, yet affecting performances. With David Lean's sensitive direction, the gorgeous photography and the evocative background music, "Summertime" will put you under the spell of its fragile romance. Easy to see why Brazzi was the ultimate continental charmer.


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