A beautiful romance from the director of Lawrence of Arabia
Jane Hudson, a single American in her forties, realizes her dream by spending her vacation in Venice and hopes to find the realization of all her romantic ideals there. As soon as she arrives, every moment sees her in awe of the beauty of the Italian language and the magical atmosphere of the City of the Doges. Random encounters, Jane meets tourist couples. But her fascination slowly turns into gentle melancholy, and the weight of loneliness grows inside her. One morning, Jane walks into Renato de Rossi's antique shop, who offers to introduce her to Venetian life...
Ten years after Brief Meeting, David Lean (Lawrence of Arabia) achieves a radiant and melancholy romance with Summertime . Shot at the height of the summer season in a radiant Venice, the film is an impressionist painting in flamboyant colors, imbued with the azure blue of the lagoon and the golden reflection of Venetian finery. But behind the postcard emerges the suffering of a solitary woman, both captivated by the romantic charm of the city and frightened by its scent of voluptuous frivolity. Funny and sensitive, Katharine Hepburn (The Impossible Mr. Baby) finds an unforgettable role here, making Summertime one of the most beautiful films ever made about the tumults of love!
SUMMERTIME (HOLIDAYS IN VENICE) (1955 – Colors – 96 mins) SUPPLEMENTS . PREFACE BY PIERRE BERTHOMIEU (8 mins)