Summertime (1955) / London Film Productions
Directed By: David Lean
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda & Darren McGavin
Taglines: She Came To Venice As a Tourist -And Went Home a Woman!
~Nominated for 2 Academy Awards in 1956 for Best Actress & Best Director, Won New York Film Critics Cicrle Awards for Best Director in 1955.
This film centers on an American secretary, who is middle aged and sinlge traveling to Venice for thie very first time. Jane Hudson (Hepburn) has always dreamed of traveling abroad and with school out of session has finally saved enough money to do the vacation of a lifetime by herself. Jane is a very independent lady so being on her own is second nature. However it seems that in the land of love it is a lonely feeling for Jane. During her water bus ride she meets two pleasant Americans as she is arriving to her place she is going to live for the duration of her stay.
The next day, Jane decides to go back into the shopping area and goes into an antique shop and falls in love right away with a red glass goblet. She has noticed it right from the window and must have it. The owner of the shop, Renato de Rossi (Brazzi) she now remembers while having the discussion of the goblet is the same gentleman that was staring at her the night before in the cafe, so strange! Renato teaches Jane the fine art of bargaining in Venice in which the lovely goblet is then purchased. Jane is oddly attracted to this charming man who mentions he would be more than happy to assist her in finding another goblet to make it a matching pair. While outside Jane through out her trip is followed by a cute Italian street urchin little boy. While trying to take pictures Jane flies backwards right into the Venice water canal and heads back to the hotel to change, what a site!
Note: I have found this to be one of the most stunning films actually filmed on location in Venice and one of the BEST Katherine Hepburn films as well, a true classic!!!