1 June 2008 | Nazi_Fighter_David
The Venice of "Summertime," in the Piazza San Marco, is indeed unique
Jane Hudson (Katherine Hepburn), a middle-aged American school teacher, arrives in Venice, fulfilling a lifelong dream
On her first evening, she has an encounter with Mauro, an enterprising little street child, who becomes her unofficial escort
But in the evening, while seating in a crowded café, she sees a handsome man in a gray flannel suit... Her first instinctive reaction was to oppose, pay the bill, escape, and keep out of sight...
The next evening, she sits alone to take a drink in the Piazza San Marco, but with a wandering eye
As the violins begin playing 'Summertime in Venice', Jane would turn away in a heart beat to see Renato passing by
To hide her anxiousness, she inclines the chair next to her, pretending that she is expecting a company... Jane has come to Venice to find a handsome, unmarried hero of her dreams... But she is furious and resentful... She really can't understand what she is doing...
The most advantageous thing about David Lean's 'Summertime' is its sensitive portrait of the loneliness that holds back the fancy secretary, a desperately single heroine whose search for romance and adventure is prevented less by cultural differences than by her own feeling defenses...
Hepburn is a pleasant tourist with great magnetism... Rossano Brazzi is too powerful, tempting and charming as Renato, the Venetian who couldn't catch a fallen white gardenia in one of the canals of his town