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
It Happens to Hepburn - It Happens in Venice!
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7 November 1955 (UK)
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Also Known As:
David Lean's Production of Summertime
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(Western Electric Recording)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
Once the script was in hand, the cast and crew made its way to Venice to begin prepping the locations. David Lean
had accepted the job of directing it in part because of a desire to no longer do sound stage work but work on locations outside. He remarked that working on a sound stage made it feel as though one was working in a "pitch-black mine . . . I prefer the sun." He set out about Venice, picking out locations and taking pictures. Lean would fall in love with Venice and later live there part of every year. See more
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
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.
Opening credits are shown over various paintings, where the subjects are European scenes. See more
Summertime In Venice
English lyric by Carl Sigman
Italian Lyric by Pinchi
Music by Icini
Published by MCA Music, New York, NY See more