|Starring:||Katharine Hepburn, Rossano Brazzi, Isa Miranda, Darren McGavin, Mari Aldon, Jane Rose, MacDonald Parke, Jeremy Spenser /|
|Studio:||SECOND SIGHT FILMS LTD|
|Run time:||1 hour 36 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Aug 2007|
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Very Good FilmBy a customer from Cheshire England , 25 Aug 2007
[Highly rated reviewer]I had seen this film before and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time even though it is a bit dated and with a few reservations.
The story is of this lonely, slightly awkward woman (Katharine Hepburn )going to Venice on holiday and meeting (and falling for) this charming Venitian man (Rossano Brazzi) both it has to be said, played their parts with sensitivity. However I could not help thinking that perhaps Katharine Hepbern may have been (a little) mis-cast- I did not think she was alluring enough to catch the eye of the 'drop dead gorgeous' Rossano.
I am sure that this film must have done wonders for the Venitian tourist board - the phography and beautiful scenes of Venice are really lovely.
I did read somewhere, that during the filming Katharine Hepbern was not well (because of the pollution)
after her fall in the Grand Canal
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Summertime In VeniceBy a customer , 07 Jun 2011A lovely romantic charming film, with beautiful scenery.
katherine Hepburn was very appealing and Rossano Brazzi was so very handsome.
As touching as Brief EncounterBy Fas1 (10 reviews) from Faversham , 10 Mar 2011David Lean again shows that he is able to handle intimate stories with tenderness. I found this more touching than 'BE' largely because of Hepburn's performance which mixes the character's enthusiasm for finally being in Venice and her increasing sadness at having no one to share it with.
She creates a charming character who claims independence but is somewhat gauche in manner as she variously falls in a canal and trips over.
Hepburn's portrayel of late flowering love for a middle aged woman is intelligent and sympathetic. I particularly enjoyed her shopping spree after meeting the gorgeous Brazzi. And the motif of the red shoes emblematic of her passion is excellent.
I loved the scene where Brazzi catches sight of her and 'sizes her up.
The ending is adult and realistic and very sad. I am seldom moved by love stories but this one did touch me.
summertime - stunning setting sad taleBy paddiwack (14 reviews) from London , 25 Oct 2010Venice does look great, but it has actually improved since 1955 then so do go and see it. Many building which are dilapidated in the film are now restored.
this is a tour de force by Hepburn, but she plays a character who is tense, desparate for love but not open to it. It is heart rending at times to witness her neurotic almost manic behaviour, it is like a stage performance rather than a movie. The plot though is weak, the erstwhile nearly lover Rosano Brazzi is smooth and good looking and clearly unavailable [his large italian family lurk conveniently in the background] or just up for a holiday quickie. It never really becomes clear why the heroine has saved so much to come to Venice on her own. She appears very well off with a wardrobe to grace any Hollywood star but a curious lack of company which of course makes her prey for a gigolo. I was always left wondering what the backstory to the female lead was going to be and kept expecting her autistic son or eccentric ex husband or blackmailer to emerge from the shadows and give us a clue as to why she behaves in this ambivalent manner. That never happens leaving a feeling that there is something incomplete about this story.
Dearth in VeniceBy MichaelKenward (30 reviews) from Staplefield, Sussex , 11 Feb 2010David Lean and Catherine Hepburn should have guaranteed that 'Summertime' would be a success. It isn't.
Silly 'plot' middle-age woman goes for Venice holiday and meets middle-age divorce, er that's it and acting that hints that the cast didn't take it seriously either. (And how did she get so many fancy frocks into those tiny suitcases?)
Even the fact that we had been to Venice just a couple of months ago so plenty of place spotting did not rescue this lightweight B movie. You have to wonder if the local tourist board stumped up the cash.
Like many films of this vintage that wind up on DVD, the 'colour' cover is misleading. It is a black and white film. Nothing wrong with that, but the distributors should not lie.
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SummertimeBy tishtish (5 reviews) from Tonbridge , 04 May 2009Beautiful period piece, gorgeous to look at with two fine leading actors. It is poignant and tinged with sadness but so touching. I love this film and will continue to watch it year on year.