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Summertime (1955)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 7 November 1955 (UK)
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An American spinster's dream of romance finally becomes a bittersweet reality when she meets a handsome--but married--Italian man while vacationing in Venice.

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:

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

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Trivia

According to this movie's pressbook, ninety percent of it was shot in exterior locations in Venice, including the island of Burano. The remaining ten percent, all interiors, were shot at the Scalera Studios in the commercial district of Venice. 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 »

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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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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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Needy for Love
30 March 2017 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The American secretary Jane Hudson (Katharine Hepburn) 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 (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.

"Summertime" is a deceptive film directed by David Lean and with Katharine Hepburn. Her character is a tight and awkward spinster and the romance with Rossano Brazzi has no chemistry. Most of the time the viewer has a tour through Venice and a tasteless romance. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Quando o Coração Floresce" ("When the Heart Blossoms")


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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