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.
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
All the pent-up yearning of her life was finally fulfilled ... amid the splendor of the world's most fabulous city!
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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: 1.37 : 1
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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
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
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