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Summertime (1955)

Not Rated | | Romance, Drama | 7 November 1955 (UK)
A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.

Director:

David Lean

Writers:

Arthur Laurents (based on the original play "The Time of the Cuckoo"), H.E. Bates (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Katharine Hepburn ... Jane Hudson
Rossano Brazzi ... Renato de Rossi
Isa Miranda ... Signora Fiorini
Darren McGavin ... Eddie Yaeger
Mari Aldon ... Phyl Yaeger
Jane Rose Jane Rose ... Mrs. McIlhenny
MacDonald Parke MacDonald Parke ... Mr. McIlhenny
Jeremy Spenser ... Vito de Rossi
Gaetano Autiero Gaetano Autiero ... Mauro
Virginia Simeon Virginia Simeon ... Giovanna
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Storyline

The American secretary Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) travels from Ohio to Venice. Jane is a middle-age single and lonely woman that has saved money for her dream trip. On the arrival, she immediately befriends the owner of the boarding house Signora Fiorini (Isa Miranda). 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 (Rossano Brazzi), 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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Taglines:

Hepburn...As You've Never Seen Her! Venice...As You've Never Seen It! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

7 November 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

David Lean's Production of Summertime See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Pensione Fiorini was actually a composite of two exterior locations and one interior built on a soundstage. 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

Mauro: So long, Cookie!
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Crazy Credits

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

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Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #5.6 (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Summertime In Venice
(uncredited)
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 DoylenfSee 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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