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|SUMMERTIME (aka: SUMMER MADNESS) (director/writer: David Lean; screenwriters: H.E. Bates/Donald Ogden Stewart/from the play "The Time of the Cuckoo" by Arthur Laurents; cinematographer: Jack Hildyard; editor: Peter Taylor; music: Alessandro Cicognini; cast: Katharine Hepburn (Jane Hudson), Rossano Brazzi (Renato de Rossi), Isa Miranda (Signora Fiorini), Darren McGavin (Eddie Yaeger), Mari Aldon (Phyl Yaeger), Jane Rose (Mrs. McIlhenny), MacDonald Parke (Mr. McIlhenny), Jeremy Spenser (Vito de Rossi), Gaetano Autiero (Mauro), Virginia Simeon (Giovanna); Runtime: 100; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ilya Lopert; United Artists; 1955-UK)|
beautiful to look at, the acting is superb and it
has its poignant
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Director David Lean's ("Lawrence of
romantic melodrama about
falling in love is
a charmer and one of the British director's favorites.
shot on location in a stunningly beautiful Venice.
Screenwriters Lean, H.E. Bates and Donald Ogden Stewart base
it on the play "The Time of the Cuckoo" by Arthur Laurents. It's
beautiful to look at,
the acting is superb and it has its poignant moments.
Hepburn) is a
lively but unsophisticated
middle-aged spinster secretary from Ohio, who goes by
herself on a
three week holiday trip to Venice and stays at
Fiorini. At the famed
Marco, Jane hurries away
after she spots a lone Italian man, sitting behind
her, who gets a kick
out of her touristy attempts to cheer herself up by
taking pictures of
everything with her
camera. The next day she accidentally meets the same
handsome man, Renato de
merchant of Venice, who owns the antique
store she entered to buy an
18th-century wine goblet.
It takes a few meetings and a moonlit stroll until
Jane loosens up and
has an affair with the smooth married man, and departs
Venice as a
Hepburn's sensitive portrayal as a vulnerable woman was winsome, enabling the film to be a box office success.
REVIEWED ON 6/11/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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