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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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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 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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All the pent-up yearning of her life was finally fulfilled ... amid the splendor of the world's most fabulous city! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Drama

Certificate:

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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley Booth starred in the original Broadway production, "The Time of the Cuckoo," and won the Tony Award for best actress. The play ran from October 1952 to May 1953. The character in the pay was named Leona Samish and was changed to Jane Hudson in the film. 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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Opening credits are shown over various paintings, where the subjects are European scenes. See more »

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Overture to 'La Gazza Ladra'
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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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