Summertime (1955)

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A lonely American woman unexpectedly finds romance in Venice, Italy.


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  • Katharine Hepburn and Mari Aldon in Summertime (1955)
  • Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi in Summertime (1955)
  • Katharine Hepburn and Gaetano Autiero in Summertime (1955)
  • Katharine Hepburn and Rossano Brazzi in Summertime (1955)

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5 April 2000 | harry-76
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| Andante cantabile
The mood is leisurly, the pace deliberate, and the look of Venice is shimmering and magical. This "brief encounter" of an American spinster on vacation falling for a married, though separated, man is David Lean as his best. It is also one of Katherine Hepburn's lovely performances. Having read about production problems with this film, it became all the more remarkable to watch. To name a few, Hepburn suffered severe eye damage from her spill in the stagnant canal (in a remarkable shot without use of a double) and the stench from the waters aggravated ailments left over from her previous "African Queen." Also her private life during the filming mirrored the quiet desparation of the heroine, due to personal circumstances. Yet all of this is amazingly hidden through the skill of Director Lean and his camera crew. It's a Hepburn "spinster" role she played many times ("Alice Adams," "The Rainmaker") and no one could do it as convincingly. "Summertime" is a kind of film they don't make any more--and for good reason: they couldn't top it. Nor is there a "Hepburn" today able to carry a full production like this on her shoulders as effectively as this legendary actress.

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